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On fire: EIS students go to state STLP

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By Stephanie Doyle

One of the winning teams from Eminence Independent Schools developed its own media company – complete with blogs, tweets, webpages and podcasts. Another group created reading and math iBooks for the iPad. The third winning team developed a class for parents called, “How to Survive in a Digital World.”

All three teams have blazed a trail to the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state convention to be held April 22 at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. The students participated in the STLP Regional Fall Showcase on Nov. 19 at University of Louisville where they displayed their technology projects in a format similar to a science fair. STLP is a project-based learning program that aims to empower students at all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve.

“With it being my first year working as the STLP coach at Eminence, I am proud of their work,” said teacher Sherry Curtsinger. “It usually takes a few years to get to state, so I am thrilled.”

Projects that scored high enough on a certain scale advanced to the state convention to compete against the other regions. “E-Media Productions” was created by high school students Megan Riley, Breahna McNeirney, Alex Delgadillo and Cailiegh McKee. Students presented a media company and showcased their blogs, tweets, webpage, newscast, podcast, and “Warriors Illustrated” magazine.

The “iBook Author” was developed by high school students Maddie McKinley, Jasmine Cosma and Jared Golden. Students presented reading and math iBooks that they created for the iPad. This was a collaboration project between middle and high school students as well as High and Elementary school students.“How to Survive In A Digital World” was designed by middle school students Katilyn Ethington, Miah Satterly and Sarah Yount. Students showcased a class they held for parents in collaboration with Debbie Hartford and Lt. Shane Bates, Commander of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the Kentucky State Police. Grace Flinkfelt, Hannah White, Autumn Wilson and Brittany Barnes were presenters during the parent class.

At the elementary level, math teacher Brandi Boothby’s class also qualified for the state contest with their project.

In addition, 12th-grader Ethan Cornett was invited to serve on the production truck at the state competition and to work as a cyber videographer. Cornett interviewed for both positions while at the fall showcase.