Fifty-two students from Ted Emch’s computer science classes at Pioneer High School competed in the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) competition at Eastern Michigan University over the weekend.
In the beginner division, Pioneer students took 2nd place, and 4th through 10th places. They placed 5th in the advanced division.
Emch says that’s especially good considering PHS doesn’t have a pipeline to get students into more than one year of computer science, as competing schools do.
“This says that we have kids who recognize the importance of leaning to code and who are willing to work really hard,” said Emch. “Coding is becoming as important as learning to read and write. It also shows that anybody can do it; computer science isn’t just for nerds anymore!”
Pioneer competed against Troy Athens, Detroit Country Day, Kalamazoo Math/Science Center, Midland, and a private academy in Detroit, among others.
PHS Students who placed at the event include Avery Whitaker, Victor Boyse-Peacor, Kenny Chan, Sanelma Heinonen, Nicole Xu, Josephine Sulimin, Noe Barrell, Stone Mathers, Fred (Coble) Ortiz, Masaki Sasaki, Dario Potter, Xuerui Fa, and Taeyoon Kim.