Snider Launches Esports Team

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Displayed from: Sep 25, 2020 , until: Nov 25, 2020

Snider High School has developed the area’s first high school esports program, beginning its inaugural season on Monday, Oct. 5.

So far, 57 students have joined the program to compete for scholarships against students from around the state and throughout the country. There are also students who will work behind the scenes in technical support, marketing, coaching, social media engagement and other areas to support the competitors.

"We are excited to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to our students," said Joe Wilhelm, science teacher and esports coach. "A lot of the students we have participating are not involved in other activities, so esports gives them a chance to experience all the positive academic, behavioral and attendance benefits that extracurricular and co-curricular activities offer. Esports is an inclusive way to engage students of all backgrounds and abilities,"

Snider received grants and scholarship to allow the program to be free for students participating. A computer lab is being converted into a state-of-the-art esports arena where students will practice and compete.

The students will participate in competitions through the Indiana High School Esports Network (IHSEN) and the High School Esports League (HSEL).

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.