Northwest Arkansas college students win video game coding contest

A group of college students from northwest Arkansas have won first place in this year’s Greater Arkansas history video game coding contest, the Department of Computer Science’s office announced this week. Arkansas education.

Corissa Arnold, Frankie Barber and Grant Lovatt-Sutton of Arkansas Arts Academy at Rogers won the third annual competition. Each team member receives $1,000, which is placed in an Arkansas Brighter Futures 529 plan, according to an education department statement.

A team from Lonoke Middle School took second place. Students on this team included Graham Biles, Kylee Bell, Mason Hambrick, Estrella Lopez, Blake Rudder and Eli Quintanilla.

Josephine Doss of Holt Middle School in Fayetteville took third place.

Five other bands received honorable mentions in this year’s contest, including two from northwest Arkansas: Cedar Bowling and Anders Mooney of Holt Middle School; and Wyatt Bowerman, Colton Watson, Waylon Frank, Maddox Kimball and Trevyr Woods from the Arkansas Arts Academy.

The competition, open to students in grades 4 through 8, emphasizes storytelling, state history and coding, and allows students to use their coding abilities, according to the website of the Ministry of Education.

This year, the contestants created games around a theme: “My Favorite Town in Arkansas.”

Visit for more contest information. Submitted games will be linked on this webpage in the coming weeks, according to the release.

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