Perse pupil cracks the code to triumph in major computing challenge
26 Mar 2021
Tom Hammond (Year 9) led the way as Perse students flourished in the Oxford University Computing Challenge national finals.
Only the top 20 participants from the first round in each age category went through to the finals, where they had just one hour to take on 12 logic problems and code-writing tests.
Tom came out on top in the intermediate section, with Neelkantha Mukherjee (Year 9) and Daniel Weglowski (Year 8) also among the finalists in this group.
He said: “I’m pleased to have come first, but I just enjoyed doing the challenge. The hardest bit was taking my idea of how to solve a problem and turning that into a working code.
“I’ve been doing coding since quite early in primary school and I’ve always enjoyed just putting a code together, hitting ‘Run’ and seeing things work. I like doing the problem solving and seeing there’s a definite solution.”
Angela Savini (Year 7) was runner-up in the junior category, while the senior section saw The Perse field a quarter of the finalists – Siddharth Kambli, Dominic Rogers, Jeremy Shao, Sourish Sharma and Mabel Symes (all Year 10). Lower Sixth students Luke Moran and Aidan Wong reached the final in the elite category.