KENOSHA, WI --With all four members earning medals, the US team recently completed its
most successful showing ever at the International Olympiad in Informatics.
The competition, featuring teams from 74 countries, was held in Tampere,
Finland, July 14 to 21.
Reid Barton, a home schooled high school senior from Arlington, Mass., was
the top overall contestant of the entire event. Barton’s total score was 55
points better than the next highest competitor’s—the largest margin of
victory in Olympiad history—earning him his second gold medal in as many
years. He won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympiad held in Beijing, China. The
week prior to the Computer Olympiad, Barton had won his fourth consecutive
gold medal at an international math competition.
Two US team members, Tom Widland of Albuquerque, NM, and Vladimir Novakovski
of Springfield, VA, earned silver medals during the competition. Steven
Sivek of Burke, Va., captured a bronze medal. Widland is a senior at
Albuquerque Academy; Novakovski and Sivek both are juniors at Thomas
Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Springfield, Va.
"These are the best results we’ve ever had at the international computer
olympiad," Piele said. "Winning the top gold medal was a first for us."
The US team was sponsored by USENIX, a computing systems association of
engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working at the
cutting edge of computing.