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Games By Teens competition rewards future computer programmers

Muskingum University’s Games By Teens (GBT ) competition, now in its second year, today announced the winners of the 2010 contest for aspiring computer programmers.

GBT gives students an opportunity to compete for a variety of prizes by designing and programming an original computer game, whether or not they have any experience in computer science. Participants attend a series of classes during the spring, leading up to a final judging of their work. A variety of prizes were awarded to each of the following winners:

First Place: Lance Hecker of Zanesville, for Galactic Overthrow 2.
Second Place: Emily Vanasdale of Zanesville, for Running To Freedom 2.
Third Place: Noah Townsend of New Concord, for Ark of the Covenant.

Honorable Mention awards were granted to the following participants:
Most Unique Weapon: Curtis Lewis of Zanesville, for Yeti In Space.
Most Unique Storyline: Josh Houston of New Concord, for Lost Dream.
Most Action Packed Game: Fernando X. Avila-Soto of Zanesville, for The Bounty Hunter and Best Retro Game for Alien Hunter.
Most Unique Game: Justin Hunt of Zanesville, for Amorphia Games.

The 2010 GBT competition earned a Google RISE Award, which is granted to educational initiatives that support and encourage learning activities in mathematics and science. Major local sponsors for the event were Muskingum University and New Concord-based Resource Systems.

Judges for the competition were Muskingum University Instructor of Computer Science Jay Shaffstall, who also coordinated the contest and classes; Cory Williams, Skunkworks Architect at Resource Systems; Dave Burkhart, a computer technology teacher at Sheridan High School in Thornville; and Pete Carswell, instructor in computer and information technology at Columbus State Community College.