Six Conway High School students have earned the title of coding champions after winning the recent All-Region Coding Competition.

First place went to Austin Codemo, Ian Isom and Eric Pinter, while Ian McCauley, Elias Noyes and Banyon Reid took home second.

The group of students are members of Kimberly Raup’s advanced placement computer science principles course at CHS. They have also taken programming and advanced placement computer science courses over the last two years.

"I’m so very proud of these students and I’m also very thankful for [Gov. Asa] Hutchinson putting such emphasis on computer science," Raup said. "These are wonderful students and it is great to see them recognized for the hard work they have put in over the years."

The coding competition was sponsored by Gov. Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education.

The teams will now advance to the Governor’s All-State Coding Competition next Spring where they will be eligible for prizes.

Each member of the first-place team will receive a $2,000 award that will be deposited into a 529 College Savings Plan. Each member of the second-place team will receive a $1,000 award deposited into a 529 College Savings Plan. In addition, the school that produces the competition’s winning team will also receive a technology award of up to $20,000.

"Congratulations to the teams advancing to the First Annual Governor’s All-State Coding Competition," Gov. Hutchinson said. "Dozens of students from across Arkansas have demonstrated exceptional computer science and coding skills in the All-Region Coding Competition and I look forward to seeing even more of the students’ coding creativity and ingenuity as they compete in the upcoming All-State Coding Competition."