For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: January 27, 2011

Southwest Students Go to Finals in the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders 2010 Skills Competition

Students in the Southwest Tennessee Community College Cisco III class matched wits with Cisco students across the United States and Canada in an online competition that tested their IT/Networking skills. “Five teams started in the competition in my Cisco III class, four went to round two, and one team proceeded to the Theater Finale, an online proctored competition held on December 8, 2010,” said Associate Professor for Computer Information Technology Dagny Wright. “The team is the top team of the ten from Tennessee that participated in the NetRiders competition.”

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders 2010 Skills Competition for the United States and Canada is an interactive student skills competition that took place in multiple stages and was open to Cisco Networking Academy students enrolled in a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course at any college or university in the United States and Canada. The competition was created to provide an exciting educational challenge for students to compete with their peers in a real-time environment, showcasing their IT/Networking skills. The competition offers valuable learning experience by testing students through a series of online exams and simulation activities that cover CCNA material. To date, more than 16,000 Cisco Networking Academy students have competed in NetRiders events in more than 80 countries across the globe (

The challenge was a four-stage interactive competition including: (1) online registration and a practice round, held October 4-25; (2) 60-minute online theoretical exam held October 18-29 – top 10 teams per state advanced to next round; (3) 120-minute online theoretical exam held November 8-19 – top team from each state or province advanced to finale; and (4) 150-minute Theatre Finale.

Andrew Duerr from Southwest, advanced to the final round. The other two-member teams competing from Southwest were George Brewton and Aubrey Smith; Todd Hager and Willie Wages; David Bailey and Samuel Adams; and Jeremy Gilbrech and William Broome.


Photo caption: Andrew Duerr (below) represented Southwest and the state of Tennessee in the Cisco NetRiders 2010 Skills Competition Theater Finale.
Andrew Duerr

For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247,, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134