- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Teams of students from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts have finished first and second in a statewide computer coding competition.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday that Carson Cato, Brandon Cox and Jackson Gregory from the school placed first in the Governor’s All-State Coding Competition and will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Martin Boerwinkle, Brock Davis and Joe Sartini from the school placed second and each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Mason Brown, Gregory Maddra and Noah Wehn from Springdale Har-Ber High School placed third and each received $500 scholarships. The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will also receive a $20,000 award for producing the competition’s winning team.

Verizon contributed $40,000 for the competition and announced it would contribute $50,000 to sponsor the second year.

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