Eureka Springs EAST Students Excel at National Conference


Eureka Springs EAST Students Excel at National Conference
3/10/2010 11:22:42 AM

Eureka Springs High School EAST students received numerous awards at the annual national EAST Conference held in Hot Springs March 2-4.

The Eureka Springs High School EAST students returned from the Annual National EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Conference held in Hot Springs last March 2 to 4, 2010, with wonderful awards and prizes. Over 2,000 students and facilitators from 8 states representing 185 EAST Programs attended the Conference.


Participating at this year's Conference were Cassady, Keaton, Joey, Tanner, Sydney, Irene, James and Artie. Eureka Springs School Superintendent Wayne Carr and his wife, Shalia, and EAST Program facilitator Mila Lynne Floro were also there to share the students' successes.


For the Founder's Award, given to the EAST Program that demonstrates the highest level of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and community involvement, the Eureka Springs EAST Program was one of nine finalists. Preparing for the Award was a multi-team effort headed by Sydney, and made up of graphic designers, mappers, music composers, videographers and video editors. Har-Ber (Springdale) High School received the Founder's Award.


For the Conference's main judging event, Program Impact Assessment, the Eureka Springs EAST program was assessed on its efforts to make a difference in our community. All EAST Programs were judged on their positive impact on their schools and students. The Eureka Springs EAST program and booth were judged Superior, the highest possible rating. Sydney Foggo and Joey Chatterton presented to the judges. The EAST students who designed and created the booth and banner displays were Tanner Duckworth, Artie Wells and Keaton Boardman. A&B Reprographics of Bentonville printed and laminated the posters and banner displays.


The Eureka Springs team was further honored when one of our students was selected to help the EAST Initiative staff during the Conference. Tanner was selected as one of the Photographers for the Conference's Documentation Team, responsible for documenting all the Conference Events through photographs and video.


EAST has many business partners who provide the technologies (hardware and software) that allow EAST students to accomplish great community-service projects. Several business partners hosted Application Showcase competitions that featured these projects and the students responsible for them. For this year's Conference, different EAST student teams across the country submitted applications for the various showcase competitions. The Eureka Springs EAST students did well.


James received First Place his "School Bus Routes Mapping Project" at the ESRI Showcase Competition. He submitted a total of three mapping projects and all three entries made it to the finals ("Hobbs State Park Hiking Trail" and "New High School Building" were the other two mapping projects). Our EAST Program received ESRI mapping books and a fully-paid one year license maintenance fee. ESRI designs and develops the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology.


For their 3D models of the Eureka Springs High School buildings, Tillian and Tyler were co-winners with two other EAST Programs in the Google Earth Showcase Competition. Their 3D models can be found on Google Earth. Google SketchUp allows the placement of architectural models using real-world coordinates on Google Earth that can be shared with the world using the Google 3D Warehouse.


During the Conference's Plenary Session and Banquet Dinner, music composed by EAST students was used. Eureka Springs EAST students Will, Alex, and Austin submitted compositions that were played.


"We want to thank everyone who supported our Program and made it possible for us to do well," said EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro. "We couldn't take all of our EAST students. We hope that our successes will motivate more of our EAST students so they can make it to next year's Conference."


EAST is a unique high school class that emphasizes using advanced technology applications to solve community service projects. In the process of solving community problems, EAST students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems. For more information about EAST and how you can support our EAST Program, please contact Mila Lynne Floro at 479-253-2936.


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Photo: Eureka Springs High School EAST students are seen in front of their booth during the National EAST Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Over 2,000 students and facilitators from 8 states representing 185 EAST Programs attended the Conference. The Eureka Springs EAST Program competed in several competitions and received the the Superior Rating for their Program Impact Assessment, First Place for the ESRI Showcase Competition, Co-winner for the Google Earth Showcase Competition, Co-Winner at the Student Created Music Competition. They were also Finalist for the Founder's Award Competition. From left: Sydney, Joey, Irene, Artie, Cassady, Keaton and James. Not included in the photo is Tanner.



Photo: Eureka Springs High School EAST students are seen getting ready to present to judges at the ESRI Showcase Competition at the National EAST Conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas: (Standing) Cassady, and (sitting) James. The "School Bus Routes Mapping Project" submitted by James won First Place. Other Eureka Springs EAST student winners not shown in the photo are: Sydney and Joey (Superior Rating, PIA Judging); Tillian and Tyler (Co-winners, Google Earth Showcase Competition); and, Will, Alex and Austin (Co-winners, Student Created Music Competition).



Photo attached: Eureka Springs High School EAST students get ready to return to home as they finish a successful 3-day National EAST Conference at Hot Springs. From left: Tanner, Cassady, Sydney, Irene, Keaton, James, Joey and Artie.







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