Each year the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an organization of computing professionals, holds an international programming contest for college and university students. This two-phased contest begins with a regional competition and is completed by a world competition. Messiah College has participated for several years.
In the Fall of 2014, three students from Messiah College– Seniors Nathan Chaney, Zachary Felix, and Marcus Upton– won the regional competition, beating teams from large schools like University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia. They will advance to the world finals held next May in Morocco. See more about the 2014-2015 team.
This is not the first time Messiah College has earned a spot at the worlds. In the 2011-2012 competition, three students from Messiah College– Junior Computer Science students Anthony Spargo and Mike Adams, and First-Year-Student Zachary Felix– earned a spot at the worlds, and competed with students from schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Georgia Institute of Technology at the World competition in Warsaw, Poland. See more about the 2011-2012 team.
And in 2001-2002, a Messiah College team consisting of a Jonathan Corbin (’03), Jason Long (’03), and Jeff Woldan (’03) and coached by Dr. Gene Chase competed at the ACM World Finals, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. This contest was held in the middle of the Spring semester so the team had to miss a week of classes. The team found it well worth-while just to have the opportunity to compete with the best collegiate programmers in the world.