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South Stanly wins Electronics Blast

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High school students assembled from North, South, and West Stanly high schools to Stanly Community College’s main campus for a day of electronics competition during the 20th annual Electronics Blast March 22.

South Stanly High School students and instructor Bill Sorenson took home the trophy for this year’s Electronics Blast competition.

The Electronics Blast is a local competition designed with two skill levels preparing high school electronics students for state competition.

Through collaboration with Stanly County Schools, SCC offers area high school students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a college setting and offers the students’ exposure to the Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, IT Network Management and Biomedical Equipment Technology programs.

The competition involves a 100-question written exam and a hands-on practical lab where the students build an electronic soldering project, breadboard circuit and perform circuit measurements using oscilloscopes and digital multimeters.

From left: Dr. John Enamait, Stanly Community College president; Danny Poplin, executive director of curriculum and instruction for Stanly County Schools; Dr. Jeff James, superintendent of SCS; Steven Eury, SCC bomedical equipment technology program head; Jeff Swaringen, SCC computer engineering technology program head; Gary Hatley, SCC electronics engineering technology program head; along with second level winners Chris Schumacher (fifth place) of NSHS, River Dodd (fourth) of WSHS, Daniel Williams (third) of WSHS, Jackie Burris (second) of SSHS and Triston Goodson (first) of SSHS. (Contributed)

The high school winning the competition takes home the championship trophy and the students testing the highest in each of the two levels take home a championship medal. All participating students received an Electronics Blast T-shirt for their efforts.

First level winners include, from left, front row: Brian Phillips (fifth place) of SSHS; Shannon Pacheco (fourth) of SSHS, Jacob Talbert (third) of SSHS, Dalton Whitley (second) of SSHS and Blake Gilbert (first) of NSHS and Jeff Swaringen; back row: Dr. John Enamait, Danny Poplin, Dr. Jeff James, Steven Eury and Gary Hatley. (Contributed)

As keynote speaker, SCC President Dr. John Enamait encouraged the students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and inspired them to envision their future and how STEM will play major roles in their daily lives and chosen career.

— Stanly Community College