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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 10, 2010

Northwest students advance in information technology competition

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Eight Northwest Missouri State University students recently placed in the top 10 for the state of Missouri, qualifying them for the second round of the Midwestern USA 2010 Post-Secondary NetRiders Competition.

The students, divided into four teams of two, are competing in the second round through Nov. 15. All rounds are virtual, meaning students compete at their institution with instructor supervision online.

The top team from each state or province advances to the final round on Dec. 8.

The state qualifiers, and their pairings, from Northwest are Paul Johnson and Derrick Hightower, Stephen Hinkle and Gregory Minnis, Jared Haer and Matthew Shoemaker, and Pratik Patel and Joel Harderson.

NetRiders is an interactive student skills competition that takes place in multiple rounds and is open to post-secondary students enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy courses in the United States and Canada. The competition creates a fun, educational challenge for students to compete with their peers in a real-time environment to showcase their information technology and networking skills. They also gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing IT and networking fields.

The competition tests students' Networking/IT skills through a series of online exams and simulation activities. To date, more than 16,000 Cisco Networking Academy students have competed in NetRiders events in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Prizes awarded to the top 10 winning teams at the final include an all-expenses paid trip to San Jose, Calif., to visit Silicon Valley in January 2011. Other prizes include flip video cameras and wireless routers.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468