ORT students shine in computer contest


June 30 2006 ORT Brazil students win medals in high-tech contest ORT Brazil students have won the possibility to represent their country at the International Olympiad in Informatics. Caio Guimaraes Souza, Andre Sterenberg Frankenthal and Luis Felipe Teixeira de Moraes won gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in a national programming contest organised by the Brazilian Computer Society. Were all very proud, said ORT Brazil Director Hugo Malajovich. Their performance shows the excellence of the education here at the Instituto de Tecnologia ORT, particularly in the fields of science and technology, because the contest is an external and objective evaluation. Caio, who graduated top of the year from the Instituto de Tecnologia ORT in Rio de Janeiro last year, has already taken up his prize of a weeks advanced computer programming at the prestigious University of Campinas a modern institution with 20,000 students on an 865-acre campus near Sao Paolo. He was assessed at the end of the course and won a silver medal which means he wont be part of the team at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Mexico in August, said Mr Malajovich. But Andre and Luis are still in with a chance if they win a gold at the end of their week at the university in July. The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of the most respected computer science competitions in the world. Competitors are tested on problem analysis, algorithm design, data structures, programming and testing their solutions. ORT Brazil Deliberative Council President Jacob Steinberg presents Caio Guimaraes Souza with a prize at last years graduation day for being best student of 2005. This is not the first year that ORT students have shone in the Brazilian competition. Last year, Daniel Fleischman went on to the international contest held in Poland. Since March, Daniel has volunteered one afternoon a week to train Andre and Luis in the skills needed to do well in the competition. Daniels initiative to pass on skills to those following him is a wonderful representation of the ORT spirit, said Mr Malajovich. ORT Brazil last year celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of its first school. The Instituto de Tecnologia ORT is recognised as one of the best schools in the country. Nearly 70 per cent of the 250 students benefits from ORT Brazils internationally-funded scholarship programme that enables talented students from deprived families to attend. World ORT, founded in 1880, is the worlds largest Jewish education and vocational training non-government organisation with 270,000 students Jewish and non-Jewish in 58 countries.