SCS Student Winner In Google Coding Contest

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(Memphis) An eighth grade student at White Station Middle School, is one of 20 students worldwide to win the Grand Prize in the 2013 Google Code-in competition.

Google Code-in is a global contest aimed at encouraging students aged 13-17 to participate in open source, a type of software coding and development that urges collaboration and innovation.

Students from 46 countries worked with open source organizations to write code, fix bugs, complete user experience research, create documentation and discover creative ways to get other students interested in open source.

Theo Patt worked with the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, to implement several features, including a revamped languages options on the mobile version of Wikipedia.

Theo and his parents, along with the other nineteen grand prize winners,will be flown to Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters in April for an all-expense paid, four-night trip.

Students will talk with Google engineers, take part in an awards ceremony and explore San Francisco.


  • B59

    AWESOME THEO, although I do NOT know you CONGRATULATIONS to a FINE WSMS student. This is why parents sit in the lines whether it is 80 degrees or -15 below zero when it comes time to get kids in schools. This is what OPTIONAL PROGRAMS do for our kids, it keeps them encouraged to learn, to compete and be the people they want to be in life. GO WSMS and hope you will continue to go to WSHS as well. GOOD THINGS come from the OPTIONAL system. Wish all schools in SCS were OPTIONAL and held students to do their best!!! Again CONGRATULATIONS and OUR HATS are OFF to you!! ENJOY your time at GOOGLE.

  • Susan Hesson

    I know Theo’s parents and I’ve met Theo several times during his life. He has parents who love and nurture him and who encourage his efforts in many different areas. Congratulations to a fine young man, and thank you, Iddo and Annabelle, for being good parents.

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