BRIDGEWATER, NJ - At the end of June,the coding team from Bridgewater-Raritan High School participated in the Technology Student Association 2018 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and brought home a second place trophy from the highly competitive computer coding competition.

Technology Student Association (TSA) is a student run national organization, with over 250,000 members from middle and high schools all over the country. The mission of the association is to enhance personal development, leadership and career opportunities in STEM fields.

The BRHS chapter was established two years ago, and members with similar interests form teams to learn and practice various technology skills. At TSA state and national conferences, they compete with teams from other schools in many different STEM fields.

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The high school level coding competition is always a very competitive event. At the TSA national conference, the BRHS coding team had an excellent performance, completing all coding challenges correctly and finishing in just one short hour.

This secured the team's semifinalist position to move on to LEAP interview, which stands for “Leadership, Education, Achievement and Personal Growth.” 

At the end of competition, the BRHS coding team was ranked second place among 100 competing teams from all over the country, and a handful of teams from Europe.

On the BRHS coding team are rising senior Steven Chen, rising junior Ethan Wu and rising senior Sunny Cheng.

The BRHS coding team worked hard to prepare for this competition, teaching themselves college level computer programming algorithms by studying advanced textbooks used in major universities. To develop their algorithmic thinking and coding skills, they challenged themselves through USA Computing Olympiad (USACO), a highly competitive individual coding contest for high school students.

In the process, two team members (Wu and Cheng) reached Gold level at USACO. In preparation for the national conference this spring, the team won coding competition second place in TSA New Jersey State Conference.