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Local students excel in tech competition
Awards recognize using technology to support SOLs
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Courtesy Photo: Adam Firebaugh and Lane Varney, eighth-grade students at The Gereau Center, were two of six Franklin County students recently honored by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education for bringing home top honors in the Student Technology Integration Challenge. Above, Firebaugh (left) and Varney (right) pose with their awards and Cathy Huffman, their legal studies teacher.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Six Franklin County students were awarded top honors at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education's Student Technology Integration Challenge (STIC) last month.

Top awards are as follows:

•Pre-K-second grade, multimedia division: Emma Holland from Ferrum Elementary (first place). Her sponsoring teacher is Natalie Quesenberry.

•Pre-K-second grade, multimedia division: Savanah Hodges and Kyndall Walker from Ferrum Elementary (second place). Their sponsoring teacher is Natalie Quesenberry.

•Sixth-eighth grade, desktop publishing division: Lane Varney and Adam Firebaugh from The Gereau Center (first place). Their sponsoring teacher is Cathy Huffman.

•Ninth-12th grade, interactive division: Matthew Brosinski from Franklin County High School (tied for first place with Phillip Dover of Arlington). Brosinski's sponsoring teacher is William Schmactenberg.

This year's STIC was for students who were developing creative curriculum-based multimedia, desktop publishing, and computer programming/animation projects.

The students were given the opportunity to enter their work into the challenge for a chance to be recognized at the VSTE annual conference.

Student winners and their sponsoring teacher from each grade level category received a prize that was awarded at this year's conference on Dec. 8.

VSTE started the competition in 2011 to encourage teachers and students to share the products they are creating using technology to support the standards of learning.

STIC is open to Virginia students in grades pre-K through 12. Sponsoring teachers must be VSTE members. Competition levels are divided for age groups: pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Projects submitted were judged by VSTE members and include several VSTE board members, teachers and administrators from across the state.

To learn more about STIC or how to submit a project for next year's contest, visit

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