First Row L-R: Elaine Cook, Charlie Wethington, Patrick Oliver, Emma Burton, Ashley Loy, Addie McMinoway; Second Row L-R: Alexis Conover, Connor Lynn, Justin Walker; Third Row L-R: Jack Fishback, Jordan Grider, Kailey Roberts, Emily Murphy, Hannah Arnold, Malakai Horton; Fourth Row L-R: Natalie Sneed, Sallie Ballou, Addie Baker, Samantha Oliver, Keylin Bergin, Josie Blair; Last Row: Elizabeth Bair, Jenna Grant, Emily Wall, Makayla Burton, Riley Robertson, Easton Downs, Brandon Bair, Stephanie Roszak (Photo Credit: Jason Rector)
STLP Students Excel at Regional Competition
Teams of Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students from Adair County Primary, Elementary, Middle, and High School presented their projects at the STLP Regional Showcase competition that was held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Regional STLP Showcases serve as a qualifier for the STLP State competition that is held each year at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. A minimum score of 85 out of a possible 100 points is required to advance to state competition.
Adair County Primary Center’s STLP chose “Technology is Everywhere: Let’s Be Safe” as their theme. The students chose this topic to coincide with the Internet Safety lessons that are required for all students during the first two days of school before they are provided with access to the district’s electronic devices and the Internet. The students created a video about how to be safe and protect yourself while on the Internet. They researched, wrote their script, selected parts, became actors, shot footage, and helped with video editing. Mrs. Laura Marcum, ACPC STLP Coordinator commented “Our school motto is ACPC-Where Little Kids Do BIG Things. Getting a chance to make an impact on our world and go to the State Championship at Rupp Arena is definitely BIG.” ACPC students in attendance included Emma Burton, Elaine Cook, Patrick Oliver, and Charlie Wethington.
Mrs. Robin Hancock’s Adair County Elementary School STLP students chose “Fifty Nifty Google Tools for the Classroom” for their project. Their purpose is to help teachers at ACES to become more familiar with Google tools by making short online video tutorials, printed tip sheets, and eventually a help desk to assist teachers with utilizing Google more effectively in the classroom. So far, the students have learned eleven Google tools with plans to continue learning until they reach their goal of fifty. Utilizing Google tools increases student engagement in the classroom. Fourth grade STLP student, Samantha Oliver, explains “When you are in class, your teacher could use a Google tool instead of paper work, so then you want to learn”. ACES students in attendance included Addie Baker, Sallie Ballou, Keylin Bergin, Josie Blair, Ashley Loy, Addie McMinoway, Samantha Oliver, and Natalie Sneed.
At Adair County Middle School, STLP students organized a “kindness squad” as the focus of their project. “The Kindness Squad” has worked to create an anti-bullying video in which the students wrote the script, starred in the video, created and edited the video. It is their mission to promote kindness throughout the school with plans to build upon their project prior to state competition. Mr. Adam Cox, ACMS STLP Coordinator said “I’m very proud of the hard work my students have put into their project, and I look forward to sharing the video with the district and our community.” ACMS students in attendance included Hannah Arnold, Alexis Conover, Jack Fishback, Jordan Grider, Malakai Horton, Connor Lynn, Emily Murphy, Kailey Roberts, and Justin Walker.
The ”Good Vibe Tribe” was the title of Adair County High School’s STLP project. Mrs. Katie Curry’s STLP students chose a project that encompasses a variety of positive initiatives that they have implemented at the high school. The students presented how they are using their daily newscast “Tribe TV” and other media sectors to help spread positive messages throughout the school. Plans are to expand the project throughout the district and across the state. ACHS students in attendance included Brandon Bair, Elizabeth Bair, Makayla Burton, Easton Downs, Jenna Grant, Riley Robertson, Stephanie Roszak, and Emily Wall.
STLP State competition will be held on April 18, 2019 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Between now and then, students will work to add to and perfect their projects as their goal is to win state competition.
Carla Perkins, District Technology Coordinator, states “I am really proud of all of our STLP students and their sponsors. Three years ago, we set a goal that all four of our schools would participate in the STLP Regional Showcase. For the third year in a row, not only did all four schools participate in regional competition, all schools were invited to STLP State. Adair County has set the standard high and my hope is that this tradition will continue for many years to come.”