EAST Initiative Announces 2009 EAST Conference Award Winners

   

EAST Initiative Announces 2009 EAST Conference Award Winners
8/9/2013 3:23:32 PM

The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org) presented Arkansas’s Centerpoint High School with the organization’s 2009 Founder’s Award this week during the 2009 EAST Conference. It is the tenth year of the event and the fourth consecutive year, the Arkansas-based initiative held its annual conference in Hot Springs.

EAST Initiative Names Centerpoint High School Founder’s Award Winner,Announces Numerous Competition Winners 

More than 4,650 Pounds of Peanut Butter Collected During Three Day Conference 

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org) presented Arkansas’s Centerpoint High School with the organization’s 2009 Founder’s Award this week during the 2009 EAST Conference.  It is the tenth year of the event and the fourth consecutive year, the Arkansas-based initiative held its annual conference in Hot Springs.  Centerpoint High School, located in Amity, Arkansas, received the award given annually by the EAST Initiative to the school that best shows the EAST values of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and community involvement.  The award is presented in honor of Tim Stephenson, founder of the EAST Initiative in Greenbrier, Arkansas in 1996.  EAST believes the award represents a great opportunity to showcase a program’s abilities and hard work over the last year. Three additional schools named schools of excellence were Eureka Springs High School (Eureka Springs, Arkansas), Har-Ber High School (Springdale, Arkansas) and Maui High School (Maui, Hawaii).   Additional finalists for the Founder’s Award included:

Dardanelle High School
Jessieville High School
Mountain Pine High School
Rose Bud High School
Star City High School
Southwood High School (Louisiana)
Sylvan Hills High School
 

The EAST Conference

The three day conference brought more than 170 EAST programs and close to 2,000 students from around the nation for a three day celebration of student achievement.  EAST, which stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology, is based on the belief that students can go well beyond what has ever been expected when given the proper learning atmosphere, appropriate tools and resources, access to real-world problems and support. EAST programs (www.EASTinitiative.org)  are comprised of a diversity of all students – not just a select few.  EAST is best described as a performance based learning environment that utilizes problem-based service learning and advanced technological applications.
This means that EAST is a vibrant class that stresses real world application to
the traditional school learning. The class is structured around students taking
on specific projects that can help their schools and communities. They use the
capabilities of a sophisticated computer laboratory as a resource to accomplish
these goals. 
 

Community Service Project Award Given to Little Rock Middle School

This year, the EAST Conference expanded on its core value of community service by working with Feeding America and asking all conference attendees to collect peanut butter to feed America’s hungry. 

“Regardless of recent concerns surrounding Peanut Butter and perhaps because of it, Peanut Butter is a food item that is rarely donated because it is more expensive than some of the other items requested on the food banks’ top 10 list,” said Matt Dozier, EAST President and CEO.  “However, this one item is extremely high in protein, very nutritious, does not need to be refrigerated, has a long shelf life and is considered to be worth its weight in gold.”

“Perhaps equally as important, our students have seen the confusion and misinformation surrounding what Peanut Butter products are ok and what are not as a perfect opportunity for an EAST project, have taken it on as such and the schools succeeded with flying colors,” said Dozier.

The goal for the 2009 EAST Conference was to collect 2,000 jars of peanut butter – one for every person attending the conference. 

“The food bank is verifying the exact count as students continued to bring peanut butter until the moment we loaded it on the truck for Feeding America on Thursday afternoon; however, based on our Wednesday night count, the EAST program had collected 4,650 pounds equaling 3,651 jars or 74,402 one ounce servings,” said Dozier.

Little Rock’s Pulaski Heights Middle School received the Conference’s First Annual Conference Service Project Award.  The school’s EAST program worked with the Hillcrest branch of Kroger in Little Rock and collected more than 1,072 jars of Peanut Butter.

108 Teams Compete for Application Showcase Awards

This year, 108 different student teams submitted their applications for the various application showcase competitions.  Winners included: Archway's VersaCAD Showcase Daycare Evacuation, Calen Wallace, Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, Arkansas

Arkansas Audubon's Natural Leader Showcase Finalists

Rising Star Awards

Brinkley High School - EAST Stream Team

Mt. Pine High School - Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

The Natural Leader Showcase Award

Brinkley High School - Bottomland Hardwood Forests, Brinkley, Arkansas

Eureka Springs  High School - Springs and Storm Drains Project. Jeremy Baker, Cassady Bloch, Joey Chatterton, James Reed

  The Natural Leader Award

Kody Hale, Rosebud High School, Rosebud, Arkansas


Bentley's Microstation Showcase School Yard Habitat Arboretum, Antonio Igbokidi, Terrell Henry, and Javier Williams, Henderson Middle School, Little Rock, Arkansas

Digital Tech Frontier

Elementary Virtual Library - Kyle Mitchell, Maria Parker, Shelby Broglen, Harrisburg Middle School, Harrisburg, Arkansas

Monticello High School was also recognized for “Thinking Outside the Box” in developing their Cane Creek State Park Virtual Reality Tour in which they put a virtual reality camera and tripod on a stump to capture images.

ESRI Showcase Finalists

Winner

Drew Central High School – Drew Central Bus Routes

Honorable Mentions

Eureka Springs High School: Fire Hydrants

Harrisburg Middle School: Tornado Sirens


Google's SketchUp and Google Earth Showcase

SketchUp Design Award

Nettleton High School - In the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Google Earth Showcase Award

Eureka Springs High School - Middle School Emergency Evacuation Plan

Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute Documentary Film Showcase 

Dumas: Small Town, High Tech by Kaylyn Harrison, C.J. Morgan, and Rodrigo Ramirez,  Dumas High School ~ Dumas, Arkansas

NEI and Trimble Showcase

Eureka Springs High School - Fire Hydrant Mapping

SAU Tech's Graphic Design Showcase

STAND Poster - Created using Photoshop CS3, Ikey Ray, Rose Bud High School, Rosebud, Arkansas

SAU Tech's Make Me Laugh Video Showcase

Always Recycle, Sam West, Alex Cumming and Divya Patel, Nettleton High School, Nettleton, Arkansas

Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge Showcase

Thomas Hall, Southwood High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

College Hill Elementary Wins Student’s Choice Award

College Hill Elementary, Texarkana, Arkansas, was awarded the Student’s Choice Award for best exhibitor booth.  The program was voted best through balloting done throughout the three day conference.

Alumni Association Awards First Annual “Golden E”

Pennsylvania’s Conwell-Egan

2009 EAST Conference Poster Competition Sponsored by AT&TWinner: Hannah Melvin & Derek Hammond, Macomb High School ~ Macomb, Illinois

Runners-up: Kick Drugs, Erich-Matthew Pulfer Beebe Middle School, Beebe, Arkansas; Second Hand Smoke Kills, Chad Towery, Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier, Arkansas

2009 EAST Conference Logo Winner Sponsored by Ink Enterprises

Kolby Sisk, Russellville High School, Russellville, Arkansas

Student Composers

The following students wrote music that was used during the conference:

OSCAR GILBERT – ANNIE CAMP JHS, AR

JONATHAN HESSE – ARKADELPHIA HS, AR

MIRANDA GALLEGOS – BEEBE HS, AR

DEMARCUS BUNCH – ENGLAND HS, AR

LANE BOWLS – ENGLAND HS, AR

JEFFERY JOHNSON – ENGLAND HS, AR

ALEX MARTIN – EUREKA SPRINGS HS, AR 

AUSTIN WOLFINBARGER – EUREKA SPRINGS HS, AR 

JARED STRECK – EURKEA SPRINGS HS, AR

DANE HUDSON – FOUNTAIN LAKE HS, AR

ROB FLAISCHAKER – FOUNTAIN LAKE HS, AR

KYLE EDWARDS – FOUNTAIN LAKE HS, AR

DYLAN SPIVEY – GREENBRIER HS, AR

PEYTON KING – GREENBRIER HS, AR

ERAN KIOUS – HARTFORD HS, AR

DEIDRA JOHNSON – HOPE HS, AR

KIMBERLY LOUDERMILK – HOPE HS, AR

SHUNTARRA KENDRICKS – HOPE HS, AR

TROY PARKER – HOPE HS, AR

OLIVIA LUCKER – HOPE HS, AR

RAINEY CHRISTOPHER – HOPE HS, AR

KAY COY ANDERSON – HOPE HS, AR

JOSH SMITH – INDIAN CAPITAL TECH CENTER, OK

DEDRIC WILLIAMS – JACKSONVILLE HS, AR

DOMINIQUE SWEENEY – JACKSONVILLE HS, AR

ADAM BUCKLEY – JACKSONVILLE HS, AR

JORDAN LARSON – MACOMB HS, ILSTEVEN A. WOOD - MAMMOTH SPRING, AR

GUS MILLSAP – MARSHALL HS, AR

BETH FLEMMING - MONTICELLO HS, AR

ANTHONY RIEDMUELLER – MORRILTON HS,  AR

JAQUAN JOHNSON – NETTLETON HS, AR

BEN MATTHEWS – OUACHITA, AR

CHRIS SIMS – SEACBEC, AR

CASEY CHAMBLISS – SOUTHSIDE HS, AR

Initiative Regcognizes 70 Schools With Superior Rating

The Program Impact Assessment is a snapshot of the judge’s view on how well each program is impacting its community. All schools are evaluated using the same criteria. Based on each program's overall score, the program will receive a rating of Good, Excellent or Superior. Schools receiving a superior rating were:

Alpena High School
Arkansas High School
Beebe Middle School
Brinkley High School
Cave City Middle School
Cedarville High School
Centerpoint High School
Clinton High School
College Hill Elementary IB World School
College Hill Middle School  Magnet Academies
Creston High School
Dardanelle High School
DeQueen High School
Dierks High School
Drew Central High School
East Greenbrier Jr. High School
Eureka Springs High School
Farmington High School
Fayetteville High School
Flippin High School
Forest Heights Middle School
Fountain Lake High School
Greenbrier High School
Greenland High School
Hamburg High School
Hampton High School
Har-Ber High School
Harrisburg High School
Harrisburg Middle School
Hillcrest High School
Hot Springs High School
Indian Capital Technology Center - Sallisaw
Jessieville High School
Joe T. Robinson High School
Joe T. Robinson Middle School
Kekaulike High School
Lamar High School
Lonoke Middle School
Mann Arts &Science Magnet Middle School
McGehee High School
McGehee-Conner Jr. High School
Mena High School
Mena Middle School
Monticello High School
Monticello Intermediate School
Monticello Middle School
Morrilton High School
Mountain Pine High School
Mt. Vernon-Enola High School
Nashville High School
Nettleton High School
Newport High School
North Pulaski High School
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Omaha High School
Osceola High School
Paris High School
Perryville High School
Pottsville High School
Pulaski Heights Middle School
Rison High School
SEACBEC
Searcy High School
Sheridan High School
Southside High School (Batesville)
Southside High School (Fort Smith)
Southwood High School
Star City High School
Star City Middle School
Sylvan Hills High School
Van Buren High School
Viola High School
Watson Chapel High School
Wickes High School
Wonderview High School

 

About the EAST Initiative

The EAST Initiative is an educational model that is engaging students in sophisticated service-learning projects that involve relevant teamwork and cutting-edge technology. The EAST Initiative (www.EASTinitiative.org)  is an educational non-profit that works with schools and institutions across the country to implement local EAST programs. The EAST Initiative has a thirteen-year track record of helping schools, facilitators, and students better engage technology education, service learning, and individualized educational goals in a program that has been named a model program by the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Labor. For more information about the EAST Conference or EAST in general contact Amy Glover Bryant, APR at 501-371-5034 or Amy@EASTproject.org. You can also visit the EAST website at www.EASTinitiative.org.                                                             ###

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