After winning through a rigorous four-stage selection process which started in April 2008 with 23 000 participants in the First Round of the Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad, four of the best young programmers have been selected to compete in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Bulgaria.
They are (in alphabetical order): Francois Conradie – De Kuilen High School, Kuils River (Grade 12); Schalk-Willem Krüger – Ferdinand Postma High School, Potchefstroom (Grade 12); Graham Manuell – De La Salle Holy Cross College, Johannesburg (Grade 12); and Kosie van der Merwe – Brackenfell High School, Western Cape (Grade 12).
The reserves are: Gwylim Ashley – Oakhill School, Knysna (Grade 12); and Michiel Baird – Elspark High School, Johannesburg (now first year at UCT).
The Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad which serves as the selection vehicle for the team to take part in the IOI invites participation from all high schools in South
The four team members and reserves were part of the close on 23 000 participants in the First Round, 2 714 participants in the Second Round and 13 participants in the Third Round in 2008. The finalists from 2008 received further training during 2009 before the team of four was selected to go to the IOI.
For the first time ever the IOI team consists solely of Grade 12 learners, which means that all this year's participants could qualify for next year's event.