Prestigious computing competition success for Perse pupils

Batu Yoldas (Year 7)

Perse students solved programming problems in style with excellent results in the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) finals.

With only around the top 20 participants in the respective age categories from round one making it through to the finals, reaching this stage was a big accomplishment in itself.

Keen computer scientist Batu Yoldas (Year 7) came top in the junior section and he was pleased with his achievement after taking on 12 coding-based questions in the space of just one hour.

He said: “I scored 70 out of 78, so I felt like I’d done quite well, but I also thought other people might have done better, so I was surprised to come first.”

Elsewhere in the finals, Jem Bennett and Daniel Chen (both Upper Sixth) were fourth and fifth respectively in the elite category, with Sourish Sharma (Lower Sixth) in 10th place.

Ryan Stubbs (Year 9) finished fourth in the intermediate class, while in the senior section, Hanli Jin and Tom Hammond (both Year 11) came seventh and ninth respectively.

There were also terrific performances from Oliver Gibson (Lower Sixth), Neelkantha Mukherjee, Marcus Collins (both Year 11), Daniel Weglowski (Year 10), Angela Savini (Year 9) and Oliver Roland (Year 6), who was the first-ever Prep pupil to qualify for the finals.


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