Friendswood advanced computer science students competed in the annual HP

Code Wars programming contest at the HP campus located in North Houston March 7.

FHS students were part of the 350 teams participating.

“Students came from all over this state and even as far away as Florida to

compete in the biggest programming competition for high school students held in Texas,”

FHS sponsor Annette Walter said.

This event successfully combines several quality ingredients: a high-tech HP

environment, a wide range of programming challenges, food and beverages, music, plus


“It is all in an exciting, stimulating, and competitive environment,” Walter said.

“Students enjoy pushing their limits coding in an energetic atmosphere.”

FHS students who participated were Thomas Chenette, Derek Hudson, Connor

Hubbard, Phuong Huynh, Gina Fossati, Mia Purdom, Stephen Harlow, Tyler Rex,

Jonathan Nguyen, Alec Borman, Brian Cianciolo, Andrew Zehentner, Jenna Chenette,

Chris Chao and Molly Chen.

All FHS teams were able to place in the top 30. The novice team of Stephen

Harlow, Tyler Rex and Jonathan Nguyen placed fifth and received trophies.

After the formal contest is over, trophies were awarded to the top five teams in

each of two classifications: advanced and novice. Door prizes included computers,

scanners, printers, software, and accessories.

“This is definitely the ultimate high school computer programming competition,”

Walter said.

FHS students Stephen Harlow won a $50 gift certificate from Best Buy and Mia

Purdom took home a new HP laptop as door prizes.