Screenshot from award-wining entry in ___ competition.
Screenshot from award-wining entry in 2015 Faces of Computing video competition.

Fourteen students from Xavier College Preparatory captured top honors in two recent computer-related contests.

Kassidy McIntyre and Brittany Robinson, both juniors, won the Computer Science Teachers Association’s “2015 Faces of Computing” video contest in the high school division. This year’s theme was “Computing for the Common Good.’ Their video highlights how taking the time to teach a teenager with autism a few basics regarding computer programming. That young man then developed a passion for it and passed on his newfound knowledge.


Twelve Xavier peers, largely juniors, captured top honors at the Women in Computer Science Coding Competition at Arizona State University. Xavier alumna Nichola Lubold ’05 arranged the competition. A team of women Computer Science professors from ASU judged it.

Xavier juniors Nsomma Alilonu, Gabriela Garcia, Erin Sweeney, and Hannah Tribolet emerged the overall winners. Their application, Typing Tempo, was designed to teach students how to play the piano by scoring their keyboarding efforts with an accuracy percentage.

McIntyre, who was a co-winner of the “2015 Faces of Computing” video contest, joined Xavier seniors Ellie Fessler, Talia Khan and Kirielle Singarajah in placing second at the ASU competition. Their application, called Xrossing Xampus, enables campus visitors to map routes from one location to another.

Xavier seniors Andrea Kraetz, Claudia Lucca, Lisbet Maldonado, and junior Tatum Cork placed third with an application that matches volunteers with agencies in need of volunteer assistance.