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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Students win regional contest

  • Two Damascus Elementary School students took first place in a logo category during the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19's eighth annual Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair regional competition.
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  • - Two Damascus Elementary School students took first place in a logo category during the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19's eighth annual Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair regional competition.
    Joey Rutledge, 13, and James Holloway, 14, also won the viewers' choice award. They now move on to the state competition and, after that, possibly the national contest.
    "That was phenomenal. It's amazing," said Damascus/Preston educational technology teacher Donald Burchell. who moderated the students.
    Burchell, who spoke during a recent Wayne Highlands School District public meeting, said Rutledge and Holloway received perfect scores on their project.
    The teacher thanked the school board for its support and for having a curriculum that helps students succeed.
    The annual event highlights Pennsylvania middle school students' application skills and computer knowledge.
    Students are able to show their creativity, learn to convey information more dynamically and enhance the learning process.
    The Damascus students, whose winning logo was a design on a computer-mouse pad, said they will try to make improvements for the state competition.
    Holloway and Rutledge thanked the school board for all of its support and said the competition brought out the best in them.
    "It was a lot of fun," Holloway told the board. He added, "It was a hassle but fun," drawing laughs from school directors.
    The student added that the competition helps the students in many ways including with problem-solving skills.
    Rutledge told the board, "It was a great experience, the entire project ... and it was really fun meeting the other contestants.
    The board gave the boys a round of applause.
    The logo category allowed students to make designs on T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads and posters. 

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