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About 150 to attend STLP state competition

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By The Staff

The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6-7, at the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. The championship event is open to the public from 1- 8 p.m. May 6.

About 150 students from Shelby County Public Schools will be among the more than 4,300 adults and students expected at the event , with 94 school districts and 310 schools represented. This event provides P-12 students from across the state with opportunities to present their projects to people outside their classrooms. Some of the best STLP projects in the state will be on display for parents and the public to view. The items range from community service projects to entrepreneurial activities.

From Shelby County, there will be:

*Shelby County High School: Adam Knecht's presentation on "Shelby County's Intelligent Classroom Initiative".

*West Middle: Abby Siever, Annie Gaul, Shelby Hargrave, and Josh Rice on "What's the Big Idea?"

*Clear Creek Elementary: Harrison Baldwin, Jonathon Overstreet and Cody Brown on "Science in Our School"; Lindy Bush, Lindsey Pitts and Michaela Stoudemire on "School Procedures- Colt Clips".

*Painted Stone Elementary: Sabrina Hance, Abby Willgruber, Sabreena Strickland and Shai Anne Moorman who created the school website in Spanish and won first place at the Showcase.

*Wright Elementary: Jessie Vermillion and Erin Bentley on "JET-cycle, school recycling project" and Nolan Hughes and Cameron Rannells with "Respect the Animals, awareness of pet overpopulation."

In addition, Abby Gowin from Heritage Elementary has been selected to be a Cyber Reporter at the State Competition.

Angie White, District Technology Resource Teacher, said, "Students will be competing in other areas such as digital art, video, gaming, bench challenge, quick recall, robotics, podcasting, etc."

DJ Anderson and Adam Knecht from SCHS will be working as IT engineers as the competition.

An awards program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Rupp Arena.

The event is a unique because students take on major roles during the two-day event. Students will serve as STLP Engineers and Buddies, produce the awards program and serve as cyber-reporters. Universities, school districts and community and national organizations provide judges and learning experiences for the students during the event.

Also, during the competition, a new STLP alumni website will be unveiled. The site's purpose is to celebrate the achievements of former STLP students as they leave school and move on to higher education and careers. The site -- http://www.stlpalumni.org -- is set to go live on May 6.

STLP is a project-based learning program that empowers students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve. It was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council, which is composed of teachers, students and community leaders. The program is open to all students in all grade levels in every school in Kentucky.

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