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STEM+M students to take part in Esports Ohio

SOUTH POINT — Eight students from Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School will participate in the Esports Ohio 2019 Fall Beta Tournament at Tiffin University on Saturday.

This comes after an undefeated season and winning the title of Flint Conference Champions. In the master standings, Tri-State STEM+M’s Esports team titled Smash Team, ranks third out of the top 15.

The Smash Team consists of eight players this season:  Tanner Hey (Captain), Hunter Hey, Noah Woods, Toren Black, Jaeden Perkins, Neil Loftus, Jisan Amin and Sadie Perkins. They are advised by Diana Erwin, who also teaches various courses at Tri-State STEM+M, including English and Business Communications.

Esports has become widely popular in both high school and on the college level allowing competitive gaming for individuals or as a team. Colleges, including The Ohio State University, have recognized the growth in the Esports industry, as well as recruitment, marketing and job opportunities.

“Esports has helped me develop good sportsmanship, leadership and social skills,” Tanner Hey, Smash Team captain for Tri-State STEM+M, said.

The Smash team is just one of the clubs that the Tri-State STEM+M offers, with new clubs being added as student interest arises. The Robotics Team and Virtual Reality Team are also competitive teams offered at the school.

The Virtual Reality team recently won the People’s Choice Award at the WV Makes Festival at Marshall University for the second year in a row.

More information about Ohio Esports can be found at https://www.esportsohio.org/home.