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  • 06/04/2022 9:23 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)


     For Immediate Release

    June 3, 2022


    Contact:        Eugene Jones, President, Arkansas Academy of Computing


                            (501) 231-8860


    Winners Announced for the 2022 Computer Science

    Students of Distinction Awards


    The Arkansas Academy of Computing in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education has announced the recipients of the 2022 Computer Science Students of Distinction Awards. This year, 53 students from 11 schools were named. There are 26 juniors and 27 seniors in this year’s class. Each has been recognized in their school and will be added to the over 100 awardees from previous years on the Academy’s website.

    The Computer Science Students of Distinction Award (CSSoD) program was created in 2019 by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to recognize high school juniors and seniors for their academic achievements in computer education. The Arkansas Academy of Computing, with a membership of over 200 accomplished computer science professionals, partnered with ADE to promote this program.

    The application process is open to students currently enrolled in the 11th and 12th grades in an Arkansas public, private, or home school. The criteria used to select the recipients are accomplishment in:


    • ·         Computer Related Academics
    • ·         Competitive Achievements
    • ·         Personal Growth
    • ·         Service to others


    Because of the program’s success, more partners have joined in this program. New partners for 2022 include: CSforAR, IMPAC, the Arkansas Computer Science Teacher Association, the Arkansas STEM Coalition, and the Arkansas Community Foundation.



    The students recognized represent the following schools (total recipients are noted):

    • ·         Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts - 31
    • ·         Bentonville Ignite - 9
    • ·         Bentonville - 2
    • ·         Bentonville West - 2
    • ·         Cabot - 2
    • ·         Hot Springs World Class High School - 2
    • ·         Fort Smith Southside - 1
    • ·         Haas Hall Academy - 1
    • ·         Mountain Home - 1
    • ·         Russellville - 1
    • ·         Stuttgart - 1


    To see a list of the 2022 Computer Science Students of Distinction Award Winners visit:



    “The Arkansas Academy of Computing was founded to advocate for the positive impact that computing and information technology education can have on our state, our communities, and the people of Arkansas,” said Eugene Jones, President of AAoC. “The Computer Science of Distinction Award is an inspiring way to do that at the beginning of this ‘pipeline’ of innovation and vocational skills development. These students will lead us into the next wave of our rapidly changing world. We are especially grateful that so many other great partners also see this awards program as a powerful and positive opportunity for high school students of Arkansas.”


    About the Arkansas Academy of Computing

    The Arkansas Academy of Computing is an organization made up of individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of Computing in Arkansas. In addition to providing administration and funding for the CSSoD, the Arkansas Academy of Computing provides supplemental scholarships to computer science students at these Arkansas universities: Arkansas State University, Arkansas Tech, Henderson State, South Arkansas, UA Fayetteville, UA Little Rock, UA Monticello, UA Pine Bluff, and the University of Central Arkansas.

    For more information on the Arkansas Academy of Computing visit: https://www.araoc.org



  • 02/21/2021 8:33 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    If you are interested in Financial Technology, this is THE program to connect with --worldwide reach and proven program, with all the best connections.  Fintech startups should apply by April 9.

    The Venture Center really helps winning companies improve their messaging. You can watch company presentations when they start the accelerator and when they compete for $$$ at the end.  It's impressive what some good coaching and connections can do for small companies.

    A number of AAoC Members are involved with the Venture Center – James Hendren – Founder and Chairman, Collins Andrews – Executive-in-Residence-FIS, and board members Jim Womble, John Haley and Bill Yoder.


  • 10/31/2020 8:05 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Please join me in congratulating our new member Adita Kirkera on being a 2020 winner of Women in IT award.


  • 06/30/2020 12:34 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Here are our fantastic High School Seniors and Juniors pursuing Computer Science in Arkansas.

    Computer Science Students of Distinction 

  • 06/30/2020 11:29 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Here is an opportunity to combine two great events.  The NWA Tech Summit is October 18-21.


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