HCS Students “Smash” eSports Tournament
On Saturday, March 11th, high school students from across the district gathered for the Boost on the Beach eSports tournament hosted at The Hangout, a restaurant at Broadway at the Beach. These students competed against each other to see who was the best at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a character-based fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau presented the event in collaboration with Shenandoah University and Horry County Schools.
Kevin Del Bosco from St. James High won first place, with a $600 prize, and Caleb Burnett from St. James High won second place and a $300 prize. Meanwhile, Mottavian Robinson from Conway High won third place and a $100 prize. You can see the full tournament bracket here.
The event also featured a college-level competition, where college students from across the state and region competed in games of Rocket League. This action sports video game resembles playing soccer with cars. While the high school competition was not recorded, the college competition was livestreamed on Twitch. You can watch that recording here.
Horry County Schools assisted with the planning, logistics, and setup of the Boost on the Beach Tournament for the high school level. Ashley Gasperson, who also coordinates the HCS Technology Fair, assisted with the planning and implementation of the high school Smash Brothers competition as another way to showcase the continued growth of eSports across the district. Smash Brothers and Rocket League are two eSports activities featured during the eSports component of the Technology Fair. The HCS Technology fair is coming up on March 29th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Technology Fair features cutting-edge projects from students and teachers around the district and other technology demonstrations. The Technology Fair will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.