November 18, 2021


ACTE Virtual FALL Team Programming Challenge Awards

November 18, 2021 


Level 3 Teams - Grades 7/8

1st Place – Denton Magnet School of Technology

“Mambas” – Owen Farmer, Derek Ricafort, Will Culpepper, Chase Joiner

2nd Place – Baldwin County Virtual Middle School

“The Pelican Squad” – Aiden Anderson and Emerson Willkie

3rd Place – Denton Magnet School of Technology

“NL” – Donald Barrett, Ethan Emonina, and Logan Phillips

Level 4 Teams – Grades 9/10

1st Place – James Clemens High School

“The Bandwidth Besties” – Nivrti Eadala, Madhu Balaji, Grace Hur, Connie Guo

2nd Place – St. Paul’s Episcopal School

“SPS Gamers” – Phillip Gill, John Collier Tierce, Daniel Gill

3rd Place – James Clemens High School

“Expecting Crashes” – Andrew Gohlich, Sophia Simpson, Hannah Park, Brian Venson

Level 5 Teams – Grades 11/12

1st Place – James Clemens High School, Madison

“JCHS Group 6” – Pranav Somu, Joshua Wang, Jeremiah Yang, Daniel Je

2nd Place – James Clemens High School, Madison

“Oriental Market” – Steve Jung, Kourtland Harmon, Alex King, Jaden Yu

3rd Place – Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa

“TA Knights” – Michael Constantine, Haven Thompson, Dawson Bielstein, Birdie Sun

Winning Schools/Sponsors

Baldwin County Virtual Middle School – Mobile, AL – Melissa Ard

Denton Magnet School of Technology, Mobile, AL – Lisa Molyneux

James Clemens High School, Madison, AL – Kayla Brown

St. Paul’s Episcopal School – Mobile, AL – Donna Macken

Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL – Tammi Scheiring

A special thank you to Jerry, our resident ACTE competition manager!  

Great job Jerry Zheng.



Are you a coder and love computer science and want to show off your skills? 
Are you in grades 7 – 12? 
Do you have 2 or 3 friends who code?
 Need some money? 
Have a teacher or parent to sponsor you?


Our goal is to bring computer programming teams across Alabama together to compete virtually.  

Students at all levels of computer programming skills are invited and encouraged to participate.

Level III - Grades 7/8; Level IV - Grades 9/10; Level V - Grades 11/12

Interested?  What to do now?

  1. Register as soon as possible. Sponsors first, then teams.


  2. Teams of 2 - 4 students in grades 7-12. Competition Fee: $20.00 per student

  3. One sponsor per school. Sponsor receives invoice upon registration completion. One payment per school either by school check or electronic payment.  Due upon receipt.   

  4. Students must create an individual account on the competition website:

  5. Sponsors may create an account on the competition website to monitor team progress.

  6. Everyone must create a new login for this competition on the ACTE competition website to gain access to practice competitions and become familiar with the software. 

    Be sure to write down your login and password!


  8. Sponsors receive email copy of ACTE Fall Virtual Guidebook 2021 containing competition rules,

    schedule, and a comprehensive guide to using the ACTE contest platform for practice and competition.  

    COMPETITION DAY, Thursday, November 18, 2021

  1. TPC teams log on to the competition website and click on the competition to join. All students join a common WebEx meeting for attendance purposes, and remain in the WebEx meeting to ask questions, report errors, clear up confusion, and listen for contest managers to announce any rule changes or question wording changes live.

  2. Once the competition begins, teams can view all problems; read descriptions and other problem information; and submit their code. Submissions are processed live and are automatic, so teams can view their score as it is being tallied. Teams may use more than one computer during the competition.

  3. While this is going on, teams can also compare their progress to other teams by watching a live running scoreboard. The software compiles, runs, and scores all the team’s solutions. Team members can see each other's submissions, and the highest-scoring submission is posted each time.

  4. Teams are expected to arrange their own communication through the usage of a group call, Discord, or similar software. Permitted languages are C99, C++11, Java and Python3.

  5. There may be one or two rounds of competition, depending on the number of teams.

  6. Teams compete against each other for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes within their level. Prizes presented electronically from ACTE. 

    1st Place Team Prize - $200; 2nd Place Team Prize - $100; 3rd Place Team Prize $60

  7. Virtual competition, no resident judges.  There is a competition manager. Problems are graded automatically, and feedback on the solutions is released live. Each piece of feedback on each test case has an associated code letter to identify the exact error encountered. See more information on this in the ACTE FALL Virtual TPC Guidebook 2021.

  8. Competition results are posted on the ACTE website by the end of the day, November 18, 2021. Official solutions to the problems, including a problem analysis, and the code is released soon after the competition ends.

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   Our goal is to be a conduit for student success in the world 
of computer programming by 
providing a means 
to sharpen student programming skills, 
encourage more students to compete, 
and build team programming
 collaboration skills.  

ACTE activities support Governor Ivy’s Alabama Computer Science Initiative:
 “To provide all Alabama learners with access to excellent STEM educational
programming and experiences that build a solid foundation and provide opportunities for entry into the workforce.”  

NOTE:  The ACTE state-wide Virtual FALL & SPRING Team Programming Challenge (TPC) events are in lieu of the ACTE TPC regional and state competitions in year's past. 


The new virtual TPC events accommodate more students state-wide for each competition.  

 Currently there is no qualifying contest for 

the Fall & Spring TPC competitions. Again, 

this applies only to the Team Programming Challenge events, and not to the regular technology fair for the regional and state category project entries which follows a 

separate protocol.