By Allan Jamail
GPISD 2022 – The North Shore Senior High School has entered into a new realm of competition and student engagement: video games (esports). Back in the 60’s in my high school days, I would have loved to have had this type of a school class. The word “gaming” back then would have gotten a student sent home. The Mustang Gaming Club was created by Mr. Chris Ybarra and Mr. Lovinggood in the Fall of 2019, hoping to give students an opportunity to play their favorite games with their peers in a safe place.
Through word of mouth alone, the club recruited over 100 members in its first few months. The club created competitive leagues and tournaments in popular titles such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate, FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K, and used these events to raise money with the goal of purchasing equipment to create their own esports lab.