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South Pasadena High School Coding Club Members Sweep Awards at CodeDay LA
Posted by: Sylvia Carroll Published: 12/16/15

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (December 16, 2015) – More than thirty South Pasadena High School (SPHS) Coding Club members attended CodeDay Los Angeles on November 7-8 in Santa Monica.  The team spent 24 hours – from noon Saturday to noon on Sunday -- coding new applications and brought home five awards recognizing their efforts.


“The South Pasadena High School Coding Club attended its first CodeDay LA in May 2014.  Since that time, the students have attended four more events and earned one or more awards every time,” said Garret Shorr, SPHS Computer Science Teacher.  “Events like this one give students who are interested in coding opportunities to be creative with their programming outside the classroom.”


CodeDay is a series of student programming events run by the non-profit organization StudentRND.  The events are held in various cities nationwide, and the organization describes itself as the world’s largest series of educational programming marathons.  Following is a list of award-winning students and the awards received:

  • Jayden Kemanian and Brandon Lee:  Special Award for "Artificial Selection"
  • Leon Montealegre: Special Award for the Most Technically Challenging Project – involved building a 3D engine
  • William Walker: Best App for “Drive IO”
  • Dutch Clark: Best Game for “Blue Boxes”
  • Adam Hamden, Cathy Wang, Phoebe Kim, and Cole Schroeder: Best Overall for “Moonlight”


The Coding Club at SPHS includes approximately 60 students.  Many of these students also are enrolled in courses at SPHS that are part of the Computer Science Pathway, such as Computer Science & Software Engineering, AP Computer Science and Computer Science Applications (Android Development).  These courses rely on curriculum modules developed by Project Lead the Way that are designed to engage students in computational thinking in order to help them develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in this field. 


The next CodeDay LA event is scheduled for February 13-14 in Santa Monica, Calif.  In the meantime, the Coding Club is working on a special project titled “Next Generation Coding” in which students are creating a summer camp designed to inspire younger children to pursue computer science.  More information about the camp will be available as it is developed.  For additional details about CodeDay LA, visit: www.codeday.org.





For more information, contact: Andrea Fox, South Pasadena Unified School District, afox@spusd.net