• 2013 NA Graduate Takes Bronze at the International Linguistics Olympiad

    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that Tom McCoy, a 2013 North Allegheny graduate, finished strong at the International Linguistics Olympiad held this summer in Manchester, UK. In addition to being a member of the Gold Medal winning U.S. Team, Tommy earned a Bronze Medal for his individual performance.

    Over 30 teams from around the world competed at the 2013 International Linguistics Olympiad. Tommy qualified to be a member of the North American Team after successfully completing two rounds of competition through the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). This year over 1,700 students took the open round, a three-hour test. Approximately the top 10% of the students from the open round were invited to the next round, a more difficult, five-hour test.

    This Olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.