South Stanly High School Takes Home Electronics Blast Trophy

SSHS Electronics Blast

South Stanly High School students and instructor Bill Sorenson took home the 2019 trophy for the Electronics Blast competition recently held at Stanly Community College.


High school students assembled from North, South, and West Stanly High Schools to Stanly Community College’s (SCC) main campus for a day of electronics competition during the 20th Annual Electronics Blast on March 22, 2019. Premiere Fibers, Stanly County Economic Development Commission, Stanly Community College Foundation, and the Federal Perkins Grant sponsored the event.

South Stanly High School students and instructor Bill Sorenson took home the trophy for this year’s Electronics Blast competition. The Electronics Blast is a local competition designed with two skill levels preparing high school electronics students for state competition. Through collaboration with Stanly County Schools, SCC offers area high school students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a college setting and offers the students’ exposure to the Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, IT Network Management, and Biomedical Equipment Technology Programs.

The competition involves a 100-question written exam and a hands-on practical lab where the students build an electronic soldering project, breadboard circuit, and perform circuit measurements using oscilloscopes and digital multimeters. The high school winning the competition takes home the championship trophy and the students testing the highest in each of the two levels take home a championship medal. All participating students received an Annual Electronics Blast T-shirt for their efforts.

During the recognition of awards ceremony, Jeff Swaringen, SCC Computer Engineering Technology Program Head, welcomed guests, thanked sponsors, and gave opening remarks. Dr. John Enamait, SCC President, was the keynote speaker, who encouraged the students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and inspired them to envision their future and how STEM will play major roles in their daily lives and chosen career. Jeff Parsons, SCC Associate Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Industry, Technology, and Trades, presented the awards, along with Gary Hatley, SCC Electronics Engineering Technology Program Head, and Steven Eury, SCC Biomedical Equipment Technology Program Head.

For more information about STEM and the Advanced Manufacturing, Industry, Technology, and Trades programs at Stanly Community College, please call (704) 991-0123, or visit our website at www.stanly.edu.


Electronics Blast Level 2

(L-R) Dr. John Enamait, President/Stanly Community College; Danny Poplin, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Stanly County Schools; Jeff James, Superintendent/Stanly County Schools; Steven Eury, SCC Biomedical Equipment Technology Program Head; Jeff Swaringen, SCC Computer Engineering Technology Program Head; Gary Hatley, SCC Electronics Engineering Technology Program Head.
Second Level Winners include 5th Place-Chris Schumacher/NSHS, 4th Place-River Dodd/WSHS, 3rd Place-Daniel Williams/WSHS, 2nd Place-Jackie Burris/SSHS, and 1st Place-Triston Goodson/SSHS.


Electronics Blast Level 1

First Level Winners include: (front row, left to right) 5th Place-Brian Phillips/SSHS, 4th Place-Shannon PachecoLujano/SSHS,
3rd Place-Jacob Talbert/SSHS, 2nd Place-Dalton Whitley/SSHS, and 1st Place-Blake Gilbert/NSHS, and Jeff Swaringen.
Back row: Dr. John Enamait, Danny Poplin, Jeff James, Steven Eury, and Gary Hatley.