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Game On! SHS Students Compete at Gaming Frenzy Event

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Spartanburg District 3, 7 students compete at

Gaming Frenzy event

By Chris Lavender Staff Writer Posted at 9:51 AM Updated at 9:51 AM

The competition is intended to spark interest in game design and more

Gamers of all skill levels competed for the top prize in a contest held Tuesday at

the Daniel Morgan Technology Center.

Students from Spartanburg School District 3 and Spartanburg School District 7 played a variety of video games including “Call Of Duty” and “Super Smash Brothers” showing off their gaming skills. David Thornton, who teaches information technology at the center, said gaming and game design continues to attract students’ interest, which sometimes leads to career opportunities.

“The idea is that kids are surrounded by technology and we spend a lot of time teaching game design, cybersecurity and programming,” Thornton said. “The Gaming Frenzy event helps recruit students for my classes.”

It was the second year Thornton hosted the event. Students played a variety of games on different consoles in rounds of competition.

Spartanburg High School student Tyeire Jones was the first-place finisher in the high school division while McCracken Middle School student Charlie Lonon took first place in the middle school division.

Thornton said game design and programming careers are on the rise with opportunities as close as North Carolina and Florida. It takes about 500 game designers to put out one game, he said.

David Helm, a Spartanburg High School senior, said he’s planning a career in game design. Helm, 17, was among those competing in the Gaming Frenzy event.

“I have been gaming all my life,” he said. “It’s all so creative and imaginative. The games help give me so many ideas.”

Sarah Moss, 18, also attends Spartanburg High School.

“Gaming has been a way of life for me,” Moss said. “It’s a way for me to enjoy myself. When I get overly stressed and things get tough I jump into a game. I like all the older arcade video games.”

Several students from Broome High School — including Rayshawn Simuel, 16, — competed in Game Frenzy. He spends about 50 hours a week at home playing video games mostly sports related. He hopes to maybe make game design his career.

“I am a really big gamer,” he said. “I played a lot of first-person games growing up.”