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Avnet Announces Tech Games Winners

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, has announced the 2012 winners of the Avnet Tech Games. Nearly 190 students from Arizona and other U.S. community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the Avnet Tech Games onsite and virtual competition on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Ariz. Twenty winning students collected scholarships in values up to $1,000 each.

A panel of judges including technology firm executives, engineers and technical experts selected the winners based on the students’ ability to meet the technical requirements of the task, apply innovative approaches to the solution and demonstrate professional skills. Seventy-five teams of students competed in the onsite and virtual Avnet Tech Games, including 11 Arizona community colleges and universities: Arizona State University, ITT Technical Institute, six Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, The University of Advancing Technology and University of Arizona.

The winners of the 2012 onsite Avnet Tech Games events are:

Accenture Green Data Center Challenge

Northern Arizona University

Student Team Members: Sam Forhan, Jared Gorshe, Dylan Lefler

Build the Fastest Computer

ITT Technical Institute

Student Team Members: Michael Geiogamah, Steven Lobert, Richard Murphy

Cisco Expert Battle

Mesa Community College

Faculty Coach: Bob Samson

Student Team Members: Alexander Cawthorne, Justin Decker, James Doig

Digital Design Challenge

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

Faculty Coach: Bassam Matar

Student Team Members: Matt Flores, Zane Lindstrum, Philip Monk, Rob Van Gieson

Patch Panel Madness

Mesa Community College

Faculty Coach: Bob Samson

Student Team Members: Dylan Godfrey, James Doig

Robot Race Obstacle Course

Scottsdale Community College

Faculty Coach: Bill Johnson

Student Team Members: Dmitri Mihailov, Trung Dinh

Solar Scrimmage

The University of Advancing Technology

Faculty Coach: Ryan Meuth

Student Team Members: Ryan Carmain

Since the Avnet Tech Games’ inception in 2006, more than $225,000 in scholarships and prizes have been awarded to hundreds of the approximately 1,800 students and 170 faculty members who have participated in the Games. The games have impacted teachers, businesses and even the education system in ways unimagined. To learn more about the impact of the games, check out the Avnet Tech Games Infographic.

“There is only so much one can learn in the classroom, and the one thing more important than ever before when it comes to getting a job upon graduation is real-world experience,” said Teri Radosevich, vice president of community relations and public affairs for Avnet, Inc. “The Avnet Tech Games test the abilities of students in applying classroom knowledge to real-life scenarios, while also giving them the opportunity to establish business connections with peers and industry pros. It’s a win-win-win where students learn invaluable job skills, schools can better align academic curricula with business realities and the technology industry benefits because graduates are better prepared for the workplace.”

The annual multidisciplinary technology competition, composed of seven separate events, requires students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills. During the event, students showcased how they can make a difference in advancing business and improving quality of life by participating in competitions, such as creating a solar-powered water-pumping system, presenting plans for a green data center and constructing a virtual server environment.

2012 Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games

The virtual games were introduced in 2010 to expand the breadth of the onsite Avnet Tech Games by allowing students to compete on a national level without having to attend the onsite competition.

Competitors had their work displayed onsite and the winners were announced during the award ceremony for the onsite games. Each of the spring winners also received a scholarship of up to $1,000 each.

The winners of the 2012 Spring virtual Avnet Tech Games events are:

Android™ App Showdown

Arizona State University

Student Team Member: Christopher Thornton

Green Video Competition

Northern Arizona University

Student Team Members: Sam Forhan, Jared Gorshe, Dylan Lefler, Luke Schinkle

Kevin’s High Tech Home Makeover

Arizona State University

Student Team Member: Aaron Grove

“Congratulations to everyone who participated in the virtual and onsite 2012 Avnet Tech Games and especially to the winners,” added Radosevich. “In today’s economy, it’s competitions like this that are going to give students a leg-up and in that sense, everyone who competed truly is a winner.”

Avnet Tech Games 2012 sponsors include Accenture, Cisco, DPAIR, DPR Construction and Microsoft.

Follow the Avnet Tech Games on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AvnetTechGames

Like the Avnet Tech Games on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AvnetTechGames

Avnet Tech Games Infographic: http://avnet.me/03322

More information is also available at www.avnettechgames.com.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50239044&lang=en

The Impact of the Avnet Tech Games Infographic Available on Business Wire's Website

An infographic is available on Business Wire's website to depict and describe the 7 year impact of the Avnet Tech Games.

The Impact of the Avnet Tech Games

The Avnet Tech Games was born in 2006 as a way to educate college students on the skills they would need to land a job in the “real world.” Seven years later, the games have impacted teachers, businesses and even the educational system in ways unimagined. This Infographic tells the Avnet Tech Games story and shows just how much of an impact the games have had.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50238853&lang=en

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