EAST Conference 2014 Concludes


EAST Conference 2014 Concludes
3/21/2014 12:21:16 PM

Annual EAST Conference concludes today in Hot Springs after two days of celebrating the work of EAST students around the country.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The 15th annual EAST National Conference, presented by the Arkansas Department of Education, concluded Friday in Hot Springs, Ark., celebrating the work of EAST students from around the country.

Sonora Elementary school in Springdale, Ark., was awarded the Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award, presented to the EAST program that most exemplifies the EAST model. Sonora Elementary students are the youngest to ever win the prestigious award.

Other finalists for the Founder’s Award include Greenbrier High School (winner in Student Growth category), Hot Springs High School, Joe T. Robinson Middle School (winner in Project Sophistication and Innovation Category) and Springdale High School.

“EAST Conference 2014 has proven to be the best conference yet,” said Matt Dozier, EAST Initiative President and CEO. “The energy and creativity on display, the youngest Founder’s Award winners captivating the banquet audience with their presentation and the networking opportunities presented to EAST students reminds us why our team and sponsors ensure this event happens.”

North Little Rock High School – East Campus was recognized for its North Little Rock Community Farm by winning the National Service Project competition, sponsored by Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), and the Community and Collaboration category in the Founder’s Award competition. The National Service Project focused on health and wellness.

Prior to and during conference, EAST programs were evaluated in several areas including program summary and booth display. More than 60 EAST programs received a Superior rating.

The EAST staff was assisted throughout conference by the student Ambassador Team, Documentation Team and Technical Support Team, all critical roles to conference operations.

“This year’s conference has not only been a big success with new and outstanding components,” said Elise Fry, Ambassador Team leader from Batesville High School. “As an EAST student and team leader, I can honestly say this has been our best conference.”

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.


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