More than 110 high school students from 22 states put their computing skills to the test in the Code IT Up Challenge, sponsored by the LSU College of Engineering.
The multilevel competition created by LSU alumni asked competitors to use their coding skills to play an online game of Capture the Flag. Each level consisted of capturing encrypted flags and bringing them back to the player’s home base. The event was more than just a competition because participants were able to learn and interact with various functions to enhance their coding skills.
The competition kicked off in February 2016, and participants were placed on the leaderboard after they captured their first flag. The leaderboard drove the competition, because students knew the top three players would receive a financial scholarship from LSU’s College of Engineering.
The event wrapped up in late March 2016, and the top three students were named:
Andrew Beams, 18, Haynes Academy, Metairie, La,
Richard Weathers, 17, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, La
Joshua Duke, 17, Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, La