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Ruston High School’s STEM magnet showcased its first Animation and Visual Effects team at the recent AVE Camp held at LSU-S in Shreveport.

In June, Maddie Price, Darby Guinn, Jake Kyte, Avery Woodard, Michael Davis and Josh Pate spent a week on campus at Louisiana Tech University’s Cyber Discovery Camp, taking second place and bringing home a $750 prize. Coached by Ruston HIgh School teachers Harryette Tinsley and Kyle Falting, the team immersed itself in events and challenges focused around the BOE-bot as well as cyber-themed scenarios.

The third RHS team to compete in the Tech camp, the group came within a couple of points of capturing its first championship title and recorded the highest Bearcat score to date.

STEM Coordinator Missy Wooley and New Tech @ Ruston AVE Instructor Kay Peters began training in July as coaches for the new Animation and Visual Effects competition scheduled for later in the summer. Both participated in weekend workshops at LSU-S in Shreveport where they learned about components of the AVE camp and built rockets, ultimately claiming the “Most Successful Launch” title.

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