Brainbox pupil from Potters Bar wins national computing competition

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 February 2018

Sebastian Kreutz Wellsted from Dame Alice Owen’s School receiving his award. Picture: Dame Alice Owen's School.

Sebastian Kreutz Wellsted from Dame Alice Owen’s School receiving his award. Picture: Dame Alice Owen's School.

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A Potters Bar pupil has won a national Oxford University computing competition.

Brainbox Sebastian Kreutz Wellsted, from Dame Alice Owen’s School, came first in his age group in The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge – held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University.

He pipped over 14,400 other entrants for the Year 10 and 11 category for England and Wales, before being presented with his first place certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College.

Sebastian was one of 55 top-achieving students who attended the final for the senior age group.

The competition – which has six age categories – is designed to get students excited about computational thinking, and involves a problem-solving contest with questions inspired by topics in computer science.

Dame Alice Owen’s School headteacher Hannah Nemko said: “We are very proud of what Sebastian had achieved for himself and on behalf of the school.”

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