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From left, Matthew Schallenkamp, Alex Iverson and Matt Dyke, of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, work to solve computer programming problems in the last minutes of the 2017 International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in May. 

A team of coders from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will travel to Beijing next spring to compete in an international programming contest. 

The student team qualified for the event after finishing first in the regional competition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest. The one-day event took place online in late October. 

“We were excited our top team won the regional, but I think it is also impressive that we had three teams in the top 10 for the region," Kyle Riley, who leads Mines' Department of Math and Computer Science, said in a news release. 

The school's "Red Team," which took top honors, consists of Luke Videckis, a sophomore computer science and math major; Andrew Stelter, a senior computer science major; and Matthew Schallenkamp, a junior computer science and math major.

The Red Team finished first in a competition that featured 207 collegiate teams from both the U.S. and Canada. Mines is a member of the North Central Region of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which includes schools from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, western Michigan, western Ontario, and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

The programming team is the eighth in Mines history to qualify for the highest level of competitive collegiate computer programming in the world.

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The International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Beijing is scheduled to take place in April. Videckis, Stelter and Schallenkamp will traveling to the Chinese capital with a couple of coaches to participate in the competition, said Mines spokesman Charles Michael Ray. 

Rapid City hosted this year's world finals in May, marking the first time in 11 years that the competition was held in the United States. The Mines programming team finished with an honorable mention.

Russian programming teams have won the last six world finals. 

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