RHS Winner of Second Annual All-Region Coding Competition
RHS Winner of Second Annual All-Region Coding Competition
Ashley Snellenberger
Wednesday, February 28 2018

Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education recently announced 17 winning teams from the All-Region Coding Competition that took place Feb. 12, 2018, at 13 regional contests around the state. The team from Russellville High School was one of the winning teams.

RHS and 16 other selected teams will receive an invitation to participate in the Second Annual All-State Coding Competition, which will take place at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro May 5, 2018. 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, with each member of the third-place team receiving a $500 award deposited into a 529 College Savings Plan. In addition, the schools that register/sponsor the first-place, second-place and third-place teams will receive $10,000, $6,000, and $4,000, respectively, to support their computer science programs. The prizes and competition expenses are provided by a Verizon grant to ARCodeKids.

“Congratulations to the 17 teams heading to Jonesboro in May to compete in the Second Annual Governor’s All-State Coding Competition!” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, “When I partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education in 2016 to announce the first All-Region and All-State Coding Competitions, I knew that Arkansas’ bright and talented young minds would rise to meet the challenge. I am confident that the members of this year’s teams will continue to impress us with their creativity and innovation in the 2018 competition."

The following teams have been selected to advance to the All-State Coding Competition.

·      Arkansas High School - David Gustafson, Brayden Melton and Kaylie Tipton


·      Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts - Benjamin Allen, John Ostermueller and Noah Sherry


·      Bryant High School - John Baglio and Carson Moore

·      Cabot High School - Shann Hyder and Ethan Peck

·      Central High School - Anne Li, Zhaoying Li and John Ricard

·      Conway High School - Hunter Fleming, Jonathan Hopkins and Archer Murry

·      Gentry High School - Matthew Anderson, William Babb and Jonathan Brinkley

·      Greenbrier High School - Brian Corker, Samuel Hannink and Preston Starkey

·      Lake Hamilton High School - Zoie Keys, Ian Panzer and William Zeigler

·      Lonoke High School - Anthony Addison, Christian Klein and Jonathan Walker

·      Manila High School - Christian Booker, Hunter Hawkins and Grant Wilkins

·      Rogers Heritage High School - Luis Guerra, Allyson Hayes and Adam Siwiec

·      Rogers High School - Adam Eisa, David Daniel and Addison See

·      Russellville High School - Illiana Brown, Ronan Devlin and Michael Draughon

·      Southside High School - Tyler Saitang, Alex Siebenmorgan and Martin Tran

·      Springdale High School - Samantha Quintero and David Welan

·      White Hall High School - Alec Gibbs, Connor Jones and Ryan Smith

"ADE extends congratulations to the advancing team members, sponsors and schools," said Anthony Owen, state director of Computer Science Education. "In addition, all 13 hosting locations are to be commended for the work of their staff in making the regional events successful and fun for students."