American Computer Science League 2022-2023
The American Computer Science League (ACSL) is a non-profit organization devoted to Computer Science education. ACSL organizes team computer programming and computer science contests for K-12 schools, organizations and local groups, led by an adult advisor. This school year was their 45th year of continuous operation! Last year, over 700 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia participated. ACSL has five divisions: Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Classroom, and Elementary, providing an appropriate challenge for students of varying ages and abilities.
The ACSL regular season is divided into four contests that are held over the academic school year. Each contest focuses on fundamental concepts in computer science, ranging from Number Systems to Boolean Algebra to Digital Electronics to Graph Theory. In the upper divisions, each contest also includes a problem to solve through programming using Python, C++ or Java.
This year, Mass Academy participated in both the Classroom and Senior divisions. Three teams of approximately 11 students each participated in the Classroom division, and two teams of approximately 11 students each participated in the Senior division. ACSL calculates the total score of each contest as the sum of the 3 highest individual student scores on a team.
For the Classroom division, Mass Academy’s three teams placed sixth, ninth, and tenth out of 30 total teams. For the sixth-place team, junior Chengwei Wang was the top scorer. For the ninth-place team, junior Arnav Gupta was the top scoring student, and for the tenth-place team, junior Anyee Li was the top scorer.
For the Senior division, Mass Academy’s two teams placed eighth and tenth out of 107 total teams. For the eighth-place team, junior Alexander Kaneko was the top scorer, receiving a perfect score. For the tenth-place team, junior Joshua Schnee was the top scoring student.
ACSL also offers an invitational only, ACSL Finals contest. To be invited, students must have a cumulative score of at least 24 (out of 40) for all four regular season contests. Individual students meeting the required score can choose to participate in ACSL Finals. This year, the ACSL Finals contest was held online on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
Mass Academy had 16 students participate in the ACSL Finals across both the Classroom and Senior divisions.
Venkatraman Varatharajan received a Silver Medal award and Anne Wu received a Bronze Medal award in the ACSL Finals Classroom division.
Congratulations to all students who participated in ACSL 2022-2023 this year! We hope you enjoyed the challenges and learned more about the contest category content. For more detailed information, please visit https://www.acsl.org/about.