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Henry Mai, South Mountain Community College

While taking networking courses at South Mountain Community College, NISGTC participant Henry Mai excelled in two Cisco competitions.

He received the second highest U.S. score in the 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition, an international contest with more than 10,000 competitors.

His prize was a study trip to the headquarters of Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, California. There he and 18 other finalists, whom Cisco calls “Future Architects of the Internet of Everything,” learned from company engineers and executives.

On the Cisco video about the NetRiders competition Mai said, “My networking instructor made me realize that by understanding people and helping them achieve what they want, you are able to achieve what you want.”

"My networking instructor made me realize that by understanding people and helping them achieve what they want, you are able to achieve what you want."

Mai was also on a two-person team that won the CISCO Networking Expert Battle category against 76 teams. That competition at the University of Advancing Technology tested students’ technical skills and innovative approaches on various tasks.