Springdale EAST Student Wins National GIS Contest


Springdale EAST Student Wins National GIS Contest
6/7/2017 2:10:43 PM

Chloe Crane, an eighth grader in EAST at George Junior High School in Springdale, has been named the national winner (middle school division) in the ArcGIS Online Map Contest, presented by Esri.

As a national winner, Chloe will be invited to the Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California, in early July to receive her award in person.


Chloe’s map, “Monte Ne Revisited,” explores the remains of the short-lived resort and town founded in Northwest Arkansas by intellectual and onetime presidential nominee William Hope “Coin” Harvey in the early 20th century. The development was flooded during the creation of Beaver Lake in the 1960s, with little of it remaining today. Chloe’s story map plots landmarks of the town, both those still extant and those now submerged, and explores them with text and historical photographs.


“The story is incredible, and I hope people can find it just as amazing as I did,” said Chloe of her project. “It was amazing to learn and explore about Monte Ne's past. I felt it was something incredibly cool that originated in Arkansas. I took interest in this historic treasure a few years ago when I visited the lovely town with my family. I learned about it and was instantly intrigued!”


The ArcGIS Online Map Contest invites students in both middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) to create story maps. Five state winners are chosen in each division and submitted to Esri for the national contest, with one national winner chosen in each division. The state and national  awards include cash prizes. The contest is intended to pique student interest in GIS, encouraging them to use ArcGIS Online, which is available free to all educational institutions in the country.


“Esri has been a partner and supporter of EAST since our earliest days,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “Over the years we’ve seen students utilizing GIS to create some amazing projects, from aiding emergency service workers to exploring local history. Chloe is continuing that tradition, and we think she did a great job researching and creating this story map of what is truly one of the most unique places in Arkansas.”




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