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Kirkwood High School Students Place in Esports State Championship

Kirkwood High School Students Place in Esports State Championship

 

Kirkwood High School students recently participated in the Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation (MOSEF) standard varsity division Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (SSBU) State Playoffs. Over 250 students participated in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Solos season with approximately 50 schools participating this season.

 

Jackson Prada (senior) and Michael Simkins (sophomore) won the regional playoffs with Jackson topping the group and earning a one seed and Michael coming in second earning a two seed for the state playoffs. The top 32 students (four per region) advanced to the state playoffs.  

 

At the state championship, Michael went 2-2 and ended his run 9th place in the state. Jackson was the state runner up (2nd place) for large school varsity division. Jackson went 7-2 and only lost to the eventual champion twice.

 

The KHS esports team was established last year and provides an opportunity for comradery among participating students who are interested in a positive gaming experience accessible to all. Kirkwood High School recently opened their new esports room containing twenty state of the art gaming computers and three large screen TVs. Additionally, esports is a growing program across the nation with more than 200 colleges and universities offering scholarships for esports players.  

 

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Photo 1 Caption: Jackson Prada (left) with esports coach Ryan Evans at the conclusion of the state championship. Jackson was the state runner up (2nd place) for large school varsity division.