Computing challenge honours for Perse students

Jem Bennett (Lower Sixth) led the way as Perse students had excellent results in the Oxford University Computing Challenge national finals.

Twelve Perse students made it into the finals, which featured just the top 20 participants from the first round in each age category. Competitors had only an hour to answer 12 logic problems and code-writing tests.

Jem cracked the code as he won the elite section for Sixth Form students, while Aidan Wong (Upper Sixth) came fourth.

Daniel Weglowski (Year 9) was runner-up in the intermediate category, while Perse students made up almost half of the entries for the senior final – Sourish Sharma, Mabel Symes, Oliver Gibson, Abhinav Gupta, Siddharth Kambli, Dominic Rogers (all Year 11), Tom Hammond, Marcus Collins and Hanli Jin (all Year 10).

Notably, Sourish came second, while Tom and Marcus were fifth and ninth respectively.

Perse Head of Computer Science Dave Gwilt said: “Congratulations to all students for an incredible showing in a highly competitive field.”

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