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February 2019

ASU-Newport hosts 3 area high schools for Energy Control Technology competition

Arkansas State University-Newport at Marked Tree hosted a high school Energy Control Technology competition and awarded several scholarships. Students from three area high schools joined faculty and staff to test their skills on Feb. 19, 2019. 

Students from NEA Career and Tech Center, Piggott High School and Valley View High School were tested on tool identification, schematic drawing, safety and skills in hard wiring, and an electrical written test. The purpose of the contest was to provide the competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the industry relevant to safety-oriented procedures and hands-on applications, both through practical and theoretical application.  

Pictured from left to right: Michael Nowlin, ASUN's Associate Dean for Applied Science, Ryan Powell (Second Place), Jordan White (First Place), Jacob Grimes (Third Place), and Dr. Holly Smith, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Pictured from left to right: Michael Nowlin, ASUN's Associate Dean for Applied Science,
Ryan Powell (Second Place), Jordan White (First Place), Jacob Grimes (Third Place),
and Dr. Holly Smith, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Taking first place was Jordan White of Valley View High School. White received a $6,000 scholarship to ASU-Newport.  Second place went to Ryan Powell of Valley View High School and received a $4,000 scholarship to ASU-Newport.  Finishing third was Jacob Grimes of Brookland High School participating with the NEA Career and Tech Center. Grimes received a $2,000 scholarship to ASU-Newport. In addition to scholarships, winners received a variety of tools to take home. 

Student working on electrical circuit.

"We were very pleased to have three great schools compete in our Energy Control Technology competition," said Mark Constant, Advanced Instructor for Energy Control Technology at ASU-Newport. "We enjoy opening our campus to future students who have an interest in energy control, and we wouldn't be able to put on this competition without our industry partners." 

Students working through the tool identification portion.