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Avnet Tech Games Winners Exhibit Professional Skills and Earn Scholarships

After hours of competition and months of preparation, winners of the 2007 Avnet Tech Games have been announced by a panel of judges that included executives from local technology firms, engineers and technical experts. Winners for each of the games were selected based on their ability to meet the technical requirements of the task, innovative approach to the solution and demonstrated professional skills. Thirty-three student teams from the Maricopa Community Colleges competed in the event, a collaborative effort with Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) and the colleges.

The winners of the 2007 Avnet Tech Games are:

AMD Build the Fastest Computer —
  Mario Hernandez
  Fernando Ramos
  Faculty Coach: Ken Jackson, Maricopa Skill Center

Microsoft Defense in Depth —
  Michael Cervantez
  Matt Stephenson
  Doug Forte
  Ray Miranda
  Faculty Coach: Frank Torres, South Mountain Community College

Design and Build a Digital Device —
  Jonathan Stanley
  Ly Ly
  Stephen Bonar
  Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton, Mesa Community College

Accenture Build an E-Business Website —
  Med Lithalangsy
  William Gately
  Heather Verley
  Faculty Coach: Jon Storslee, Paradise Valley Community College

Multimedia —
  Christopher Aaslid
  Adam Rini
  Zach Smith
  Faculty Coaches: Anna Thorlaksdottir and Chris Jensen,
  Scottsdale Community College

Robot Maze Navigation —
  Felix Rusu
  Tom Mintzer
  Alvin Moradi
  Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton, Mesa Community College

EMC Technology Trends —
  Von Packard
  Krista Pappas
  Jonathan Ortiz
  Faculty Coach: Preston Cameron, Mesa Community College
“One of our goals in inventing the Avnet Tech Games was to create an opportunity for students to demonstrate decision making and creative skills,” said Avnet Chairman and CEO Roy Vallee. “This year’s winners exceeded our expectations in terms of their enthusiasm and professionalism. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners.”

Winners will each receive $1,000 scholarships. For the second year in a row, Avnet has partnered with Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the United States, with more than 280,000 students, to host the Avnet Tech Games. A multidisciplinary event, the Avnet Tech Games enable students to gain real-world experience in technology, decision making and group dynamics, helping to prepare them for today’s competitive job market.

Sponsors for the Avnet Tech Games include Accenture, AMD, AT&T, EMC, Fujitsu, Humana, Microsoft, MATEC (Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center), New Angle Media, Protivit, Spark Design and STMicroelectronics.

More information is available at

About the Maricopa Community Colleges:

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges — Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, SouthWest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes and serves more than a quarter million students annually. For more information: 480-731-8333, 480-731-8000 or District News:

About Avnet

With more than 250 locations serving customers in 70 countries, Avnet markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended July 1, 2006, Avnet generated revenue of $14.25 billion. Visit


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