On March 29th, nearly 12,000 students and educators from across the state traveled to the Lexington Center and Rupp Arena to celebrate technology and learning at the 2018 Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship. Students from over 500 schools and 100 districts came to show their technology talents and compete in over 40 live and prequalifying rounds of competitions including thirteen Pike County Schools – Belfry Elementary, Belfry High School, Belfry Middle School, Bevins Elementary, Dorton Elementary, Elkhorn City Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Mullins School, Phelps Elementary, Phelps High School (and Junior High), Pike County Central High School, Shelby Valley High School, and Valley Elementary.
Hundreds of volunteer judges determined the stand outs in over 40 educational technology related categories and Pike County was among those chosen standouts. Pike County Schools advancing beyond Tier II of the Showcase Competition and receiving “Best in Showcase Projects for Technical Expertise” Recognition included Belfry Middle School’s “BMS Yearbook Project” and Phelps High School’s “WPHS-TV: The Source for Phelps Hornets News.” Other Pike County Students recognized on stage were: (1) Hunter Adkins, chosen as a state-level coding “Scratch Ambassador,” (2) Cassondra Taylor, chosen to provide Media Arts Services for the state event, (3) Kiera Lovell, chosen to provide Social Media Services for the state event, and (4) Branson Johnson, First Place in Elementary Level Photo on Demand Live Performance for his “Believe” photo. In addition, Heaven Charles, a Belfry High School Student, was honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) for her technology-related achievements and awarded the NCWIT “Aspirations in Computing” Award.
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