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Hendrix Programming Team Places First in State at Regional Programming Contest

Team rose to 21st in region; looking forward to March contest on home turf

Hendrix College students (from left) Matthew Kalahiki, Colin Phillips, and Katherine Reid receive their awards at the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

CONWAY, Arkansas (February 29, 2024)—The team representing Hendrix College in the Mid-Central region of Saturday’s International Collegiate Programming Contest came away with a satisfying showing, coming in first among the Arkansas-based teams at the event.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. Brent Yorgey accompanied the Hendrix team to Fort Smith for the contest. The team, consisting of Matthew Kalahiki ’24, Colin Phillips ’26, and Katherine Reid ’25, placed 21st out of approximately 80 teams in the five-state region, and first out of all the teams at the UA Fort Smith site, which included all other teams from Arkansas. 

“I’m really proud of their hard work this year which led to this great showing,” Yorgey said, noting the team’s improvement over last year, when they placed 35th in the region and third in Arkansas. “They have now set their sights on the Hendrix College Programming Contest we will be hosting at the end of March, which I expect will feature a rematch with some of the same Arkansas teams.”

The Hendrix College Programming Contest is set for Saturday, March 30, and is open to high school and collegiate teams. Further information and a link to registration is available at Teams must be registered by March 15.

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