Matric coder wins 2015 Computer Apps Olympiad

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Robert Wood, a grade 12 learner at Michaelhouse School for boys in KwaZulu-Natal, beat out over 13 000 school kids to win gold at the 2015 Applications Olympiad held early last week.

The Applications Olympiad is held under the annual Computer Olympiad series is open to learners in primary and high school who take Computer Application Technology (CAT), the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) or are computer literate.

Participants are challenged to use common computer applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and databases to solve a set of problems.

Fifteen learners from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape went through to compete in the finals at Bergvliet High in Cape Town.

Wood, who won bronze in last year’s Applications Olympiad, was awarded a gold medal along with R3 000 for himself and R3 000 for his school.

Robert Wood
Robert Wood

This year only female learner, Jade Caldicott from Curro School in Mossel Bay, took part and was one of the runners up of the competition. “In the past the girls made up nearly half of all finalists, won many medals and in 2011 even won the competition outright;  2015 is just an unusual year,” said Olympiad manager Peter Waker.

Jade Caldicott
Jade Caldicott

Below is the full list of silver and bronze medal winners.

  • Fayaz Kimmie, Silver, Grade 12, Islamia College, Western Cape
  • Matthew Symon, Silver, Grade 12, Herzlia High, Western Cape
  • Marc Domancie, Bronze, Grade 12, Edgemead High, Western Cape
  • Greg Harmse, Bronze, Grade 12, Lilyfontein School, Eastern Cape
  • Roché Visser, Bronze, Grade 12, President High, Western Cape

[Source and images – Computer Olympiad]

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