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Contact: Michael McAllister
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York Technical College Hosts "The Gauntlet" IT Mini-Conference

February 3, 2011

ROCK HILL—York Technical College recently hosted an Information Technology Mini-Conference called "The Gauntlet." The event was sponsored by a generous grant from AdvanceSC. Networking and programming teams from Andrew Jackson High School, Clover High School, Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center, and Nation Ford High School—each a Cisco local academy—competed. The networking team competition included making cables, subnetting, configuring workstations, and troubleshooting router configurations.

Winning networking teams were:

First Place – Andrew Jackson High School: Drew Dutton, Jerry Hilliard, Kevin Hunter, Josh Smith. Faculty Advisor: Benjy Bell

Second Place – Clover High School’s Eagle Storm: Stephanie Hall, Sean Nguyen, Steve Presti, William “Kee” Stevens. Faculty Advisor: Leslie Knutsen

Third Place – Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center: Jasmin Dunn, Taylor McCall, Andrew Scronce, Matthew Wettlin. Faculty Advisor: Harry Good

Fourth Place – Clover High School’s Knuckle Dusters, Jeffrey “Garrett” Gillespie, Gary Gross, Quantino “Quami” Hall, Roderick Maree. Faculty Advisor: Leslie Knutsen

Programming teams could choose from up to six increasingly challenging programming problems to complete and were allowed to use the programming language of their choice.

First Place – Nation Ford High School: Justin Clevenger, William Drescher. Faculty Advisor: Lynn Smith

Second Place – Clover High School’s Initializers: Shannon Morris, Michael Patterson. Faculty Advisor: Amy Moss

Third Place – Clover High School’s Operators: Cullen Glankler, James Garcia, Faculty Advisor: Amy Moss

During a pizza lunch that followed, Blanca Wong-Thomas, a Cisco public sector engineer, spoke to the audience of approximately 50 students and faculty about trends in information technology. Hugh Daughtry, Vice President of Operations from Global Linking Solutions in South Charlotte—an employer of York Technical College networking students—talked with the students about the importance of being able to communicate well and work in teams. He said in order for IT workers to be able to advance, they have to be able to talk to customers in lay terms and then translate that into the technical jargon necessary when communicating with other IT professionals.

Competition judges included York Technical College Information Technology faculty Jyron Baxter, Toan Tran, Kathryn Floyd; adjunct faculty George King, and Comporium Communications IT Manager of Web Services John Rouda. Programming problems were written by Brian Hipp, Math instructor at Winthrop University.

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC  29730