On many afternoons in one Gretna High School classroom, students gather after school to game. New this year, the GHS Esports team is stepping up to the plate and often crushing the competition in a relatively new competition sport that uses video games. The idea originated when computer science teacher Kimberly Ingraham-Beck and a student attended a conference, at which one session was focused on getting Esports started schools nationwide.
The pair talked with coaches and set a plan in motion, hosting an information meeting at the school that drew much interest. “As a team in its first year, we’re competing really, really well,” said Cuahtemoc Hernandez, a junior Esports player at GHS. Students compete both locally and nationally through both the Nebraska Schools Esports Association and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. All grade levels at Gretna High School are welcome to join the team, which currently has about six main competitors and a number of substitutes. Overwatch and StarCraft are played on the PC, while competitors on Playstation, Xbox or PC can can play in the cross platform game Rocket League.
Two different games will be offered in the spring semester. “They’re doing amazing,” Ingraham-Beck said. “I’m most proud of how they’ve been able to work together as a team. We’ve got kids from different grades and different walks of life. They weren’t all friends when they started but watching them come together and learn to work as a team has been really amazing.” The team is 6–2 after its win Thursday. Members are also undefeated, 3–0, in their national bracket where they compete against other central time zones. Now reaching the playoffs, they will continue […]
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