Ruining (Lillian) Zhang in grade 10 placed first in our regional Open Round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad held at Dalhousie University on January 28, 2016. This qualifies her for the Invitational Round (round 2), which will be held on at Dalhousie. Only 174 students from thousands of participants across Canada and the U.S. qualified for the Invitational Round. Good luck, Lillan!
Here is a description of the contest:
NACLO is a contest for U.S. and Canadian high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone. In solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.