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Gov. Hutchinson Announces Winners of the Nation’s First Governor’s All-State Coding Competition
Verizon announces additional funding and commits to year two
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday attended the nation’s first of its kind Governor’s All-State Coding Competition. Gov. Hutchinson, in partnership with Verizon, announced the winners of the competition at EAST Initiative in Little Rock.
Gov. Hutchinson unveiled the competition in an announcement at Hall High School in Little Rock during his Computer Science Coding Tour in September 2016. Seventy-five teams from across the state participated in eight regional competitions. The top two teams from each region received invitations to compete in the All-State Competition.
Verizon contributed $40,000 to the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the competition, which awarded a 529 college savings scholarship to each member of the top three teams. Carson Cato, Brandon Cox and Jackson Gregory from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts placed first and each received a $2,000 scholarship. Martin Boerwinkle, Brock Davis and Joe Sartini from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts placed second and each received a $1000 scholarship. The third placed team of Mason Brown, Gregory Maddra and Noah Wehn from Springdale Har-Ber High School each received scholarships of $500. The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, which produced the competition’s winning team, will also receive an award of $20,000.
At the event, due to the success of year one, Verizon announced it would contribute $50,000 to sponsor the second year of the competition; a portion of those funds will also be used to train and certify computer-science teachers across the state.
Gov. Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“I am pleased to announce the winners of the first Governor’s All-State Coding Competition. These students have worked extremely hard and acquired valuable coding experience during this competition. We are lucky to have a great partner like Verizon to join the state in our efforts to provide Arkansas students with computer science and computer coding skills necessary to prepare them to successfully join the 21st century workforce.
“I am proud of our computer science students, teachers and all those who made this event a success and continue to strive to make Arkansas a national leader in computer science education.”
Leslie Madere, Director of Business Sales for Verizon, issued the following statement:
“Through Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon is giving free technology, free access and immersive hands-on learning to kids in need. We are helping to bring hands-on learning opportunities to youth, inspiring tomorrow's creators to use technology to build brighter futures for themselves, their families and the world. We need more kids involved in STEM, not just for their benefit, but because the world needs them - their brains, their creativity and their experiences - to create the amazing solutions that will make our world a better place.
“Under the leadership and commitment of Governor Hutchinson, ARCodeKids and the Arkansas Department of Education, we are proud to recognize the accomplishments of all 75 teams from throughout the state who participated in the inaugural All-State Coding Competition. We need more kids to see the world of possibilities waiting for them and we are happy to be joining today's celebration.”