There was much excitement in the foyer of the School of Computing last Saturday at the National Finals of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) among parents and siblings of the school going competitors. With the atmosphere fuelled by numerous teas, coffees, Fidelity cupcakes and sweet cart jellies, spectators witnessed three perfect scores in the final minutes of the 5 hour Algorithmic Programming Olympiad.
Teofil Camarasu, Leaving Cert student from Dundalk Grammar School, amazingly posted a perfect score on all problems after just 2.5 hours of the 5 hour competition. A very strong performance from the IOI2015 Team Ireland member and bodes well for his chances of making Team Ireland again this year for IOI2016 in Russia.
The next to post a perfect score after 4 hours of the competition was the hardened competitor, John Ryan, Transition Year student from St. Joseph's College Tipperary. John won the Junior section of the AIPO 2014 and has been a regular prizewinner at the BT Young Scientist competition.
Finally, with just 15 minutes to go, Eoin Davey from Summerhill College Sligo, cracked the final problem and got his perfect 450 point score.
Congratulations to all the students that succeeded in making it through to the Prelimary Round of AIPO 2016.
There were 54 students who attempted the Preliminary Round problems and 38 students who have made in through to the Finals, including 9 Jnr competitors.
The full list of our National Finalists are below. The competition will be begin at 11am and finish at 4pm.
Full details of the day of the Finals can be found here:
A live Scoreboard will be available on the day at this address:
|Eoin Davey||Snr||Summerhill College Sligo||Summerhill College, College Road, Co.Sligo|
|Caolan Fleming||Jnr||St Mary's CBS||Co: Laois Portlaoise St Mary's CBS|
|Teofil Camarasu||Snr||Dundalk Grammar School||Dundalkk Grammar School, Dundalk, Louth|
|Gytis Daujotas||Snr||Marino College||14-20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3|
|tadhg kearney||Snr||Hamilton High School||Bandon, Co.Cork|
|Cian McDonnell||Snr||Crescent College Comprehensive S.J.||Dooradoyle, County Limerick|
|Oisín O'Dwyer||Snr||Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde||Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Bothar Buí, Newcastle West, Limerick|
|Chris Jensen||Snr||Ballymena Academy||89 Galgorm Rd, Ballymena BT42 1AJ|
|John Ryan||Snr||St Josephs College||Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary|
|David McMahon||Snr||Coláiste Choilm||Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Cork|
|Colm Hickey||Snr||Gaelcholaiste Choilm||Gaelcholaiste Choilm, Poulavone, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland|
|Joseph Greevy||Jnr||St Michael's College||1 Ailsbury Road|
|Chris Jensen||Snr||Ballymena Academy||89 Galgorm Road Ballymena BT42 1AJ|
|Adam Power||Snr||St. Aidans CBS||Collins Ave, Whitehall, Dublin|
|John McKane||Snr||Ballymena Academy||89 Galgorm Road Ballymena|
|Darren Kitching||Snr||St. Aidans CBS||St. Aidan's CBS, Collins Ave, Whitehall, Dublin|
|Ben McMahon||Snr||Coláiste Éanna||Hillside Park, Ballyroan, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16|
|Andrew Nash||Snr||Colaiste Muire Realt na Mara||Crosshaven, Co. Cork|
|Peter O'Donoghue||Snr||Clonakilty Community College||Clonakilty|
|Emily Ray||Snr||St Angelas College||St Patricks Hills, Cork City|
|Stephen Cushen||Snr||St Declans College||St Declans College Nephin Road, Dublin7|
|Harvey Brezina Conniffe||Jnr||St. Davids||Hazel Lodge|
|Conor Powell||Snr||Douglas Community School||Douglas Community School, Clermont Avenue, Douglas, Cork, Ireland|
|Kevin Andrei||Snr||Marino College||14-20 Marino Mart Marino College Fairview Dublin 3|
|Pádraig Ryan||Snr||Ardscoil Rís||Ardscoil Rís, North Circular Road, Limerick, V94 V602|
|Kieran Horgan||Snr||Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork||2 Kilcanway,|
|Zac Reid||Jnr||Kishoge Community College||Kishoge Community College, Ninth Lock Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin.|
|Shane Buckley||Jnr||St Mary's College||73-79 Lower Rathmines Road Dublin 6|
|Conor Holden||Snr||St. Francis College||Rochestown, Co. Cork|
|Finbar Giusti||Jnr||Sandford Park SChool||Ranelagh, Dublin 6|
|Han McKenna||Jnr||Rush and Lusk Educate Together NS||Rathmore Road, Lusk, Co. Dublin|
|Desmond Doran||Snr||Christian Brothers College Cork||Sidney Hill, Wellington Road, Cork|
|Oisin O'Halloran||Snr||St. Clements College||South Circular Road, Limerick|
|Michael Condon||Snr||Colaiste an Chroi Naofa Carrignavar||Sacred Heart College, Carrignavar, Co. Cork|
|Gearóid Burke||Jnr||St Patrick's Academy||Islandeady, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland|
|Nebojsa Cvetkovic||Snr||The High School||Zion Road, Dublin 6|
|Suneet Mahajan||Jnr||Douglas Community School||Clermont Avenue, Douglas, Cork|
|Maciej Goszczycki||Snr||Colaiste Chroabh Abhann||Kilcoole, Wicklow|
|Shane Connolly||Snr||CBS Mitchelstown||Mitchelstown. Co, Cork|
High Spec laptops up for grabs for Junior (<15yrs) and Senior programmers (>=15yrs) at the National Finals in DCU Saturday 20th February.
Closing Date: 17th February
Top Seniors will be invited to a special 3-day training camp in DCU to prepare them to represent Ireland at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Russia, August 2016.