On Saturday, November 2, 2013, six students took part in the 2013 ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest at Shippensburg University with 24 teams from 9 different schools. The Falcons Blue team, made up of Zachary Felix, Nathan Chaney and Dan Baker, took 1st place, solving 4 of the 8 problems. The Falcons White team, made up of Marcus Upton, Chris Beam and Taran King, took 12th place solving 1 problem.
Messiah was competing against schools well known to residents of central Pennsylvania. Shippensburg, Millersville, Gettysburg, Penn State Harrisburg, Kutztown, Elizabethtown, Dickinson, and Lebanon Valley College all fielded at least one team at the Shippensburg contest site.
The contest was part of a larger, multi-state contest hosted by Radford University, with 191 teams from 65 different schools competing. Among the large contest, the Falcons Blue team’s score earned them 13th place overall, falling short of the necessary top 3 needed to qualify for the World Finals. The Falcons White team’s score earned them 103rd overall.