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MIHS Coding Competition


On April 1, CodeMIHS, an organization established by sophomore students Alan Bi and Chris Elliott, will be hosting its first-ever coding competition in the MIHS Commons.

The founders of CodeMIHS, Elliott and Bi, have both previously competed in and won programming competitions. However, after competing at a Microsoft coding contest, the two sophomores noticed a lack of representation from MIHS.

“We didn’t see any MIHS students there,” Elliott said.

After realizing this, the pair decided that they wanted to create a larger coding community at MIHS. It was this desire, to create a coding community at MIHS, that compelled the pair to found CodeMIHS.

Code MIHS will host a five-hour coding competition on April 1. Participants will spend three of the five hours solving problems.

According to the CodeMIHS website, “There will be many programming problems, sorted by difficulty from easiest to hardest. All problems will be worth 50 points maximum. Each incorrect submission will reduce the points received from that problem by 5 upon completion. The three teams with the highest scores will receive prizes. If there is a tie in points, the winner is decided by the team that completed their last problem first.”

The remaining two hours will be spent learning the rules, listening to the Keynote speaker Kiley Sobel, PH.D. candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering, and receiving rewards.

CodeMIHS currently only hosts coding competitions, but has plans to expand to tutoring in the future. The coding competitions themselves will most likely be hosted either annually or biannually. Both novice and expert coders are welcome, as long as they have some experience in coding.

For more information on the competition, visit the CodeMIHS website at

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