Three students from Conway High School took home first place during Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's All-State Coding Competition in May.
The event, in its second year, was held at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Conway High School juniors Hunter Fleming, Jonathan Hopkins and Archer Murray each received a $2,000 scholarship and brought in $10,000 for their school.
Not only did the group come in first for the win, but also beat out Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, which came in second.
CHS Principal Jason Lawrence brought the win before board members May 8 during the district’s regular meeting.
“Really proud of those students,” he said during the meeting.
Lawrence said he was a bit hesitant to tell a story he deemed interesting but ended up doing so regardless.
“I got a call from this guy, first name’s Asa,” he said, laughing.
Lawrence said the governor called him after the event and said that the win was a great accomplishment.
“We’re just really proud for the students and the work [the adviser] has done to get them prepared for it,” he said.
According to a news release from Hutchinson’s office, more than 85 teams from across Arkansas participated in 16 regional competitions and the top 16 teams from those received invitations to compete in the 2018 All-State Competition.
“After meeting this year’s coding competitors, I am confident that the is not the last time I’ll be hearing about their accomplishments,” the governor said in the release. “I am grateful for Verizon’s ongoing significant investment in this competition. The confidence you place in our students today is a down payment on their careers and the very future of Arkansas. And congratulations to this year’s winners. This is just one of many amazing challenges you’ll conquer.”
During the recent event, Verizon announced that, due to success from the first two competition’s, it would contribute $50,000 to sponsor the third year, with part of those funds used to train and certify computer science teachers across the state.
“We believe that investing in our students and preparing them to thrive in a tech-dependent economy is one of the most important responsibilities of our time," Darlene Brugnoli, director of state government affairs at Verizon, said in the release. “[Gov.] Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education and ARCodeKids share in this belief, and we are honored to support their endeavors to bring computer science curriculum to the students of Arkansas”
She said it is Verizon’s pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of the 85 student teams that participated in the All-State Coding Competition and applaud the schools and faculty for dedicating their time and resources to see them through.
“We are happy to join in today’s celebration and participate in the effort to inspire these students for brighter futures,” Brugnoli said.