mu brian deleonardis bryce rubinson jack datesPhoto: from left, 1st place team from Freehold Township High School, Brian DeLeonardis, Bryce Rubinson, Jack Dates.

First place awarded to Freehold Township High School

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Monmouth University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, in conjunction with the University’s student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery (IEEE/ACM), hosted its first programming competition for high school students on May 14. 

Freehold Township High School (Brian DeLeonardis, Bryce Rubinson, Jack Dates) won first place and received a drone donated by sponsor Marathon Data Systems, and gift cards from Cengage Publishing and the Monmouth University Bookstore.

The second place team, also from Freehold Township High School (Mike Vinciguerra, Chaitya Shah, Thomas Wraback), received a Raspberry Pi kit (a credit-card sized computer that can be programmed to do a variety of exciting things) and starter guide, gift cards from the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, and a computing textbook from sponsor Pearson Higher Education.

The third place team from Bergen Academies (Robert Kim, Kenneth Rhee, Josh Mendelsohn), received a Raspberry Pi kit and starter guide, gift cards from the Computer Science & Software Engineering Dept., basketball tickets donated by Monmouth University Athletics and a computing textbook from sponsor Wiley.

Fourteen teams of three students representing 10 area high schools participated in the competition. Students solved a number of algorithmic problems using either the C++ or Java programming language.

“We are thrilled to host this fun competition to promote computing,” said Jiacun Wang, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. “The job outlook for college graduates is fantastic.  In fact, U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Jobs report listed software developer and computer system analyst as the top two jobs for the future based on hiring outlook, salary, work-life balance and job security.”

According to, by the year 2020 there will be 1 million more jobs than students qualified to fill those jobs. It is a top-paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average.

Monmouth University offers a variety of computer science and software engineering degrees, including a B.S./M.S. and minor in computer science, a B.S./M.S./ and Certificate in software engineering, and an M.S. in information systems.

All participants received gifts from cloud hosting provider Linode, the Monmouth University Bookstore, and the Computer Science Department. Students enjoyed breakfast provided by Bagel Guys Deli in Long Branch and lunch by Papa John’s Pizza of West Long Branch.