Three high schools took top awards during a website-design contest held March 14 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Twenty-one schools and 150 students from the metropolitan region competed in the contest, sponsored by NJIT’s Department of Information Systems. The purpose of the contest was to bring together high schools with web-design and technology programs and allow the students to test their skills against their peers.
“The contest gave students a chance to see what students at other schools are doing with websites and technology,” said Mike Chumer, a special lecturer in the department of information systems at NJIT. “The students were also excited to visit NJIT, the state’s science and technological university.”
After the students spent the morning and afternoon working on their web-design projects, a panel of judges announced the following winners.
(Editors: Photos of the winning teams are available. Call Robert Florida at 973-596-5203 for photos).
A team from Henry Hudson Regional High School, in Highlands, took first place for designing a prototype for a teaching website. The students had a month and a half to build the website, and each team member had to write a school lesson on the website. Team members include Scott Burnett, Sean Adaczik and Richard Lararte. Each team received a tuition assistance award of $3,000 to NJIT, which they can use if they choose to attend the university after high school. Their school received a $250 award and the team shared another $250 award.
A team from Point Pleasant Borough High, in Point Pleasant, took first place in a category in which teams had two and a half hours to build a website either about sports or music. Team members include Lindsay Harmon, Rachel Martin, Christopher Aikman, Jason Marchalonis and Dan Neris. The team members also received tuition assistance for $3,000 to NJIT, $250 for their school and $250 for the team.
A team from Dover High School, in Dover, took first prize in a category in which teams, using a set of objective standards, judge several websites. The team’s evaluations of the websites were similar to evaluations of the sites that were done by NJIT faculty. The team included Daniela Pineda and Edison Segura. They received the $3,000 tuition assistance to NJIT and the two also received iPods.
"Many high schools in the metro region now include information systems and information technology in their curricula,” said Chumer, “and with this contest NJIT built a bridge between the high school technology programs and the information systems program at NJIT. We hope the contest encourages the high school students to pursue their interest in science and technology after they graduate and enter college.”