Students excel in tech contest
by Rachel Davis
May 05, 2013 | 1222 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three students from West Jasper Elementary School recently took home top honors at the Alabama Council for Technology in Education Fair in Montgomery. The students, Curina Cavett, Rachel Caudle and Zoey Brown, created a project entitled “The Green Team — Recycling at West Jasper.”

The state champion team was one of four West Jasper teams that competed at a recent district meet and one of three that moved on to the state competition to compete against 93 other schools.

At the district competition, the school received three second place team awards and one third place award. The state is divided into six districts and every first and second place winner in each of the six categories qualifies to compete at the state level.

In addition to the team awards, Logan Duncan, won first place in the level one IT test and Caudle received a second place award in the level two IT test. Joshua Swindle and Brown received honorable mentions in the individual tests.

The other teams who competed from West Jasper were:

•Hammering Hank Aaron, which won second place in its category at district. The team members for that project were Duncan, Brodie Vinson and Andre Neal.

•A Leader in Me School, which also won second place its category at district. The team members for that project were Jonathan Curtis and Majerle Suitts.

•Puppet Show, which won third place in its category at district. The team members for that project were Angelica Summers and Joshua Swindle.

“Each project was inspired by something from the curriculum here at West Jasper,” sponsor Karen McCain said. The school’s recycling program and Leader in Me program inspired two of the projects, while the other two were inspired by the fourth grade’s research projects into famous Alabamians.

McCain was joined by Bethany Crump, Stephanie Hannah and Patrick Hannah as the sponsors for the tech team.

“The tech team leaders, who are all new to this competition, put in lots of hours and effort to help our students excel in their efforts,” Principal Rita Pillings said.

McCain said the students were chosen by teacher recommendation and the students showed perseverance and dedication by completing most of the work on the projects after school. She said the students were also aided by the iPads and other technological devices that are currently being used in schoolwide to further the students’ educational experience. The puppet show team used the iPad exclusively to create their project about Bear Bryant.

“What’s so much fun and so rewarding is to be able to see them achieve their goals and succeed,” Patrick Hannah said. “That’s what makes it so great for me.”