EAST Founder’s Award Finalists Announced


EAST Founder’s Award Finalists Announced
2/9/2016 10:41:44 AM

Five finalists have been selected to compete for the 2016 Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award, which will be presented by the EAST Initiative during its annual conference at 7 p.m. March 16 in Hot Springs.

The five finalists, chosen by a panel of volunteer judges, are: Buffalo Island Central High School, Dover High School, Greenbrier High School, Harrison Junior High School and Helen Tyson Middle School.


“This year’s finalists epitomize the ideals of EAST,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “Some of these programs are fairly new while others have been doing EAST for two decades, but all five have demonstrated tremendous sophistication in using technology to develop projects that change their communities for the better.”


Awards of excellence are given in three categories: student growth, project sophistication and innovation, and community and collaboration. The overall Founder’s Award is presented to the program that best exemplifies excellence in all three areas. The award, presented each year since 2004, represents the highest achievement of a successful EAST program.


The winning program will receive an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a computer workstation optimized to support it, along with other technology prizes.


The Founder’s Award will be presented at a formal gala event during EAST Conference 2016, March 15-17, at which nearly 3,000 students, educators and guests from EAST programs throughout Arkansas and four other states will gather to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. The awards ceremony-style gala will also include dozens of other honors awarded to students for their achievements.


For more information, visit eastconference.org.


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