15 CCSD Students Earn Honors at State Technology Fair

15 CCSD Students Earn Honors at State Technology Fair

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Fifteen Cherokee County School District students earned top honors at the Georgia Educational Technology Fair!

The School District entered 46 projects into the State Fair based on students’ outstanding first-place performance at the Regional competition coordinated by Mill Creek MS Assistant Principal Dr. Richie Carnes. The 15 students who placed at State competed there against more than 1,000 other students in a range of categories such as robotics, animation and project programming.

CCSD students who placed first, second or third at State are:

First Place
Shaaz Ali, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy – Literacy Challenge
Evan Fistel, Dean Rusk MS – Robotics
Averie LaBarbera, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy – Video Production
Riley Mulkey, Dean Rusk MS – Animation
Christopher Newhouse, Woodstock HS – Technology Literacy Challenge

Second Place
Connor Campbell and Ethan Durst, E.T. Booth MS – Audio Production
Adam Nay and Cateline Ward, Etowah HS – Video Production
Reagan Pastor, Creekland MS – Internet Applications
Tyler Richards, Sequoyah HS – Project Programming

Third Place
David Holbrook and Tyler Wilson, Carmel ES – Mobile Apps
Brett Lougheed, Dean Rusk MS – Project Programming
Matt Moore, Creekland MS – Digital Game Design
Jack Sapere, E.T. Booth MS – Animation
Chandler Stevenson, Freedom MS- Robotics
Byron Sullivan, Sequoyah HS – Digital Game Design

Two students, Christopher Newhouse and Byron Sullivan, also won $250 scholarships at the State Fair.

Students who earned first-place at Regions will be recognized for that achievement and subsequent placement at States by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the April 20 School Board Meeting.


Sixes ES Earns National Recognition for Digital Education!

Sixes Elementary School was named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship this week by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated “to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.”

The school earned the recognition by preparing students to use digital media safely by avoiding dangers such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of these schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. “Sixes Elementary School deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Assistant Principal Clay Gunter and Media Specialist Kim George coordinated the school’s certification process.

Principal Cindy Crews

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” Principal Cindy Crews said. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

The school’s leadership will be recognized by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the May 4 school board meeting.

Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship resources were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The free resources teach students, educators and parents skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships and respecting creative copyright.