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MV STEAM Academy esports team places second at championship event

MV STEAM Academy esports team places second at championship event

Scholars at the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy immersed themselves in Valorant, a competitive 5v5 strategic elimination game during a High School Esports League championship final against Western High School from Ohio on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. 

 “I am extremely proud of them,” said Ian Smith, advisor for the Esports club. “We look forward to expanding our esports program this coming fall 2024 season. I fully expect to reach even higher levels of success as we continue to develop our players’ skills.”

The team had an extremely successful playoff run, coming into the playoffs as the number one seed in the Gold tier bracket, ranked #25 overall on the East Coast. After a hard-fought final match, the team ended up in second place. The Esports club at STEAM began this school year in October 2023, and they managed to make it all the way to the finals.

Alex Ruan, a 10th grade student at STEAM, took a strong leadership role during the playoff season. The team is made up of seniors Kyle Mason, Eduardo Gallardo Valerio, Avery Santino; sophomores Alex Ruan, Mathaus Generoso, Kenai Martinez, Moses Clementino, Najee Gonzalez; and freshman John Ricarte.

Several students also competed in the playoffs of their Brawlhalla tournament including juniors Jordan Holmes, Samuel Malone, and Isaac Alvarado Calderon. Jordan finished the regular season ranked #18 on the East Coast in Brawlhalla.

Students playing games.
MV STEAM club


 

Kyle Mason's senior portrait.

Kyle Mason, a senior at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, has thrived while committing himself to his academics, athletics and community service during his four years of high school. Kyle will graduate from the STEAM Academy with an advanced high school diploma, as he is currently enrolled in both high school and college courses. 

Students, lit by green neon lights, play on the computer.

In the lower level of Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, students can often be found afterschool collaborating digitally and competing in an unconventional way. The STEAM Knights Esports Club began in October 2023, with an official ribbon cutting on December 18. Now in April 2024, the club has approximately 60 participants and is providing students with an engaging and competitive afterschool activity. 

Click here to the LoHud feature on Mount Vernon STEAM Academy's Esports club!

Presenter speaking to students.

A presentation filled with music, games and jokes was held at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy on Friday, April 19, 2024. Shaun Derik, a motivational speaker, visited the school to inspire students to chase their dreams and reconnect with their passion and natural-born gifts. Mr. Derik's presentation was courtesy of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, who have worked with him for years. They invited him to Mount Vernon STEAM Academy to interact with and motivate the students.

STEAM Junior Achievement

On Monday, April 15, 2024, Mount Vernon STEAM Academy hosted the Junior Achievement (JA) Career Speaker Series with Verizon. The JA Career Speaker Series, which is a part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway, provides students with firsthand knowledge from professionals about their career, work and education experiences.

Margaret Djamongue's senior portrait.

Margaret Djamongue, a senior at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, has been excelling academically since her freshman year and has continuously made principal honor roll. Currently, Margaret is a part of the Smart Scholar program, a program through Mercy University that allows students to earn college credits while in high school. 

Students looking at resources from a college.

College seals and colors lined the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy gymnasium, as the school hosted its spring college fair on Friday, March 22, 2024. Students spoke to representatives from approximately 40 colleges, universities, trade schools and United State Military branches.