West Stanly Takes Home Top Gun at SCC Electronics Blast

West Stanly High School took home the 2018 Top Gun Electronics Blast Championship trophy. Adam Storms (center) holds the trophy surrounded by the West Stanly Electronic students.

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Stanly Community College (SCC) and Stanly County Schools (SCS) hosted the 19th Annual Electronics Blast Competition for students from North, South and West Stanly High Schools. West Stanly High School won the competition and was awarded the Top Gun Championship trophy for 2018.

This local competition involves a 100-question written exam and a hands-on practical where the students build a soldering project and perform circuit measurements using oscilloscopes and digital multimeters.

Level II winners (L to R): 1 st place-Devin Banks, 2nd place-Justin Furr, 3rd place-Seth Morton, 4th place-James Little, and 5th place-Jacob Berlinski.

Students were tested against other students in the same level in two different skill levels, which were graded by instructors from the College. The Level III students were provided with NIDA training to assist them in the upcoming Skills USA contest.

During the awards ceremony, Jeff Swaringen, SCC Computer Engineering Technology Program Head, and Master of Ceremony, welcomed those present and gave opening remarks. Swaringen stressed to the students how important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training is for them, and under scored that the students should strive to maintain good grades throughout high school.

Nicholas Randall, a former SkillsUSA Winner, was the keynote speaker. He encouraged the students to seek out opportunities through SkillsUSA that would help them excel as world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens.

Level I winners (L to R): 1 st place-Daniel Williams, 2nd place-Lawson Hicks, 3rd place-Matthew Buzzard, 4th place-Hailey Steen, and 5th place-Anahy Vences.

Associate Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Jeff Parsons and Stanly County Schools Assistant Superintendent Vicki Calvert presented medals to the winners in each skill level.

Jeff Parsons noted, “We are very grateful to all the individuals that helped make this year’s Electronics Blasta success; they include: Kathy Johnson (North Stanly), Bill Sorenson (South Stanly), Adam Storms (West Stanly), Gary Hatley (SCC), Jeff Swaringen, Steven Eury (SCC), Brian Crump (SCC), Kenneth Rummage (SCC),Tony Ware (SCC), Tabitha Ritchie (SCC), Tammi McIlwaine (SCC), Amanda Melton and Georgia Harvey (SCS).Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors at SCC’s ASC/ITC and IT Academy, as well as Mr. John Amirtharaj, President, Premiere Fibers, LLC. Part of the competition was also funded by the Perkins Grant,whose goal is to strengthen the linkage between secondary and post-secondary career and technical education.”

For more information regarding the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology programs at SCC,please call (704) 991-0123 or visit www.stanly.edu

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