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Freehold, Chatham and East Brunswick High Schools Take Top Prizes in Computer Programming Contest Held at NJIT

Freehold, Chatham and East Brunswick High Schools took top prizes in a computer-programming contest held recently at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The three schools were among 38 high school teams that competed in the March 24 contest. Each school, with teams of up to three juniors or seniors, was given two and a half hours to solve eight programming problems. The teams that solved the most problems within the deadline were the winners. The winners received scholarships to NJIT, if they later choose to attend, or cash prizes.  

(Editors: Photos of all the teams are available and will be emailed to your papers.)

A team from Freehold High School, Freehold, consisting of Mark Fontana, Richard Chang and Jennifer Tang correctly solved seven problems to take first prize. Each student won $6,000 applicable to NJIT tuition, if they choose to attend NJIT, or $400 in cash. The team also received $500 for their high school.

A team from Chatham High School South, Chatham, consisting of Geoffrey Cameron and Stephen Hehl solved six problems and took second prize. Each of them won either $5,000 for NJIT tuition or $200 cash awards. The team also received $300 for their school.

A team from East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, consisting of Will Battistelli, Manoj Dayaram and Tony Lopez solved five problems correctly to win third place. Each won either $4,000 in NJIT tuition or $100 cash awards. The team also received $200 for their school. 

A team from Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn, solved five problems to take fourth place. Fifth place was won by Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, which solved five problems. A team from Madison High School, Madison, solved five problems to take sixth place. Seventh place was won by Morris Hills High School, Rockaway, solving five problems. Eighth place was won by Livingston High School, Livingston, which solved five problems.

The contest sponsors were IBM, Google, McGraw-Hill, Thomson Course Technology, the NJIT Admissions Office and NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.