Cypress Woods HS students win HackerRank programming contest

October 29, 2020

Cypress Woods High School seniors Zeki Gerbuz, left; Sidh Suchdev, center; and Ronak Malik, right; placed first overall at a HackerRank computer science programming contest hosted by Seven Lakes High School. The team completed all 18 problems in the competition. Cypress Woods High School seniors Zeki Gerbuz, left; Sidh Suchdev, center; and Ronak Malik, right; placed first overall at a HackerRank computer science programming contest hosted by Seven Lakes High School. The team completed all 18 problems in the competition.

Oct. 29, 2020—A team of Cypress Woods High School students placed first overall at a HackerRank computer science programming contest hosted by Seven Lakes High School in Katy. The contest was held virtually due to COVID-19.

The team, consisting of seniors Zeki Gerbuz, Sidh Suchdev and Ronak Malik completed all 18 problems in the competition. More than 200 teams from across the country competed and the average number of questions solved by teams was 10 out of 18.

A second Cypress Woods team consisting of seniors Alexander Huang, left; Ashay Swadi, center; and Letizia Fazzini, right; also placed at the competition, completing 14 out of 18 problems. A second Cypress Woods team consisting of seniors Alexander Huang, left; Ashay Swadi, center; and Letizia Fazzini, right; also placed at the competition, completing 14 out of 18 problems.

A second Cypress Woods team made up of seniors Alexander Huang, Ashay Swadi and Letizia Fazzini, also placed at the competition, completing 14 out of 18 problems.

“All of the Cy Woods teams put in a ton of time preparing and adjusting strategies as all of the computer science programming contests are hosted virtually this year,” said Stacy Armstrong, Cypress Woods computer science teacher. “The communication piece and teamwork aspects are all totally different competing virtually versus face to face. The problems were challenging, but the first-place Cy Woods team finished all 18 problems with 20 minutes to spare. 212 effort!”  

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