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Senior set to compete in esports state championship

Senior Caden Gulley will compete in the esports state championship in Super Smash Brothers Dec. 9 at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Missouri. He will be the first in school history to compete at state.
“I just wanted to do as good as I can,” Gulley said. “I know that I’ve gotten a lot better from last year and the year previous to that and I just want to do my best.”
Gully, a four-year esports team member, qualified for the top 32 state tournament by placing in the top 4 in a regional tournament with 256 people participating.
Esports coach and Director of Educational Technology Ryan Sextro, and new assistant esports coach and collegiate esports player ASC Joseph Merrick ‘17 helped lead Gully and mentor him on improving his current skills.
“[Mr. Merrick] was able to talk to me and show me what I’m doing wrong,” Gully said. “It was just a really good environment for me to get better at the game.”
Gulley doesn’t see esports as a career choice, but a way to meet people and earn potential scholarships.
Caden is a great learner,” Mr. Sextro said. “He was like a sponge. He absorbed everything that Mr. Merrick helped him work on. He’s in as good of a spot as you can be to make a decent run at state. It’s gonna be a very tough tournament.”


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  • J

    Jo Anne LaBatDec 1, 2023 at 6:44 am

    Congratulations Caden! I know you love a challenge and you will rise as always.
    Auntie JoJo

  • C

    Chandler GulleyNov 30, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Congrats lil Bro, can’t be more proud of you.

  • W

    William & Melva BNov 30, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Best of blessing and luck GSon.
    We have confidence in you doing your best with your will to be all you can be. Love you GMom&GDad.

  • R

    RonNov 30, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    So Proud of Him, and he is definitely a SpongeBob ????❤️❤️❤️❤️.Congratulations Caden