Mercer University’s Binary Bears captured second and third place overall Jan. 23 in a virtual computer programming contest hosted by the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The contest, originally scheduled for in-person last November, was moved to an online format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three-hour competition, consisting of teams from universities in seven different states, was sponsored by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) as a part of its annual conference.
Mercer’s team of William Baglivio, a senior computer science and mathematics double-major from Marietta; Isaiah Hoffman, a senior computer science and mathematics double-major from Culloden; and Harrison Verhine, a master’s degree student in engineering management from Acworth, solved eight problems in claiming the second spot.
Mercer’s third-place team, including Connor Day, a senior computer science major from Norcross; Chris Holmes, a senior computer science major from Watkinsville; and Michal Pacholczyk, a senior computer science major from Augusta, solved seven problems.