Showing perennial mastery, the University’s Institute of Computing (USeP-IC) produced an impressive five-medal haul (two gold, two silver, and a bronze) from the recently concluded 2019 Mindanao Conference for Information Technology Students (MCITS) IT Olympiad held at the Ateneo de Davao University and Holy Cross of Davao College on February 14-15, 2019.
Composed of newcomers, USeP’s two teams in the Hackathon programming competition showed no signs of first time jitters as they bagged the two top spots in the contest. Warren Rezane, Genelito Marte Jr., and James Claude Lequin of USeP Team A captured the championship while Dems Rey Roca, Paul Chester Villanueva, and Abdul Rahim Jumlani of USeP Team 1 secured the runners-up spot.
USeP’s dominance continued on the second day of the Olympiad as USeP Team A composed of Creselle John Lazo, Ira Mae Gamban, and Sheena Halog claimed gold in the Poster Presentation event. USeP’s Team B of Vann Rijn Amarillo, John Emmanuel Gapuz, and Leonard Adam Lustre settled for the silver medal in the same contest. Both teams were coached by Hermoso Tupas Jr.
Rounding up the medal tally was Marnel Angela Regalado who finished with a bronze medal in the Digital Drawing contest. Regalado is under the tutelage of Engr. Jamal Kay Rogers.
USeP’s representatives in the ACM Programming competition also put up a commendable effort as they finished 12th and 14th in a pool of 30 teams. USeP team BlackPearl-1 of Kent Ivan Mozo, Creselle John Lazo, and John Rico Masadas, solved seven out of eight problems en route to landing the 12th spot.
Michael Juanito Regis, Vann Rijn Amarillo, and Earll Juario Abule of USeP team BlackPearl-A finished 14th after solving six problems.
Michael Anthony Jandayan, USeP’s coach in the Hackathon and ACM programming competitions, praised his wards’ skills and attitude.
“These guys juggled practice and hectic regular academic duties. Sometimes they even took the initiative of scheduling practice sessions. As a coach, all you could ever ask from your team is commitment and dedication; a medal is just icing on the cake. Luckily, they didn’t just bring home a bacon, but a Red Ribbon”, said Mr. Jandayan.
The MCITS IT Olympiad is an annual IT skills competition of different schools across Region XI. This year’s participating schools include: University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Mindanao, Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Cross of Davao College, Brokenshire College, AMA College Davao, Jose Maria College, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Davao del Norte State College, Cor Jesu College, Mindanao Kokusai Diagaku, and the Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology.
The USeP-IC has been a perennial contender in the annual event. Asked if this is a testament of the Institute’s quality and brand of education, Dr. Tamara Cher Mercado, Dean of the Institute of Computing said, “We’d like to let the results speak for themselves.”