SCRANTON, Pa. – Eager students from Wyoming Area High School visited Lackawanna College to compete in an exclusive event hosted by the College's Esports team. 51 students competed in the wildly popular online multiplayer game, Fortnite by Epic Games.
The students participated in several rounds of solo gameplay, leading to one final round of the top 15 players. The top three tournament winners received prizes, including a custom Lackawanna College Falcons Esports jersey, a $25 Sheetz gift card, and a Falcons t-shirt. Connor Spudis, a senior from Exeter, captured first place; Usamah Alansari, a ninth grader also from Exeter, took second place; and Brad Evelock, a freshman from West Wyoming, placed third.
Lackawanna College Esports Administrator and Head Coach Teddy Delaney stressed the importance of tournaments like yesterday's "Fortnite Invitational" as a way to connect academics and athletics.
"With these tournaments we hope to show high school students what the true collegiate Esports experience is like and establish the importance of academics and accountability," said Delaney. "Being an Esports student-athlete is a privilege, and being a good student-athlete always starts with being a good student."
The event also served as an opportunity for Wyoming Area School District officials to learn what it may require to support student activities such as Esports at the high school level. Wyoming Area Curriculum Director Robert Gallela said that the district is constantly working creatively to engage students and allow them to pursue their passions.
Wyoming Area sophomore Danielle Meade, of Falls said, "I think that branching out into Esports would be valuable. Esports can encourage everyone to get more involved in their education by connecting with something that's meaningful to them."
About Lackawanna College:
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna's expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.