2007-06-22 / Community

St.Francis Earns Top Awards In Technology Contests

Students from grades 6, 7 and 8 stand outside of Columbia University, where they demonstrated their completed website projects and attended the awards celebration for Think Quest NYC. Students from grades 6, 7 and 8 stand outside of Columbia University, where they demonstrated their completed website projects and attended the awards celebration for Think Quest NYC. St. Francis de Sales School is having a banner year, as students recently earned top awards at two prestigious technology competitions in New York City.

Two eighth-grade students from the school were recently awarded second place in NBC Studios Digital Media's "Vision for Tomorrow" competition, which was open to all students in New York City in grades 8 through 12. Kristin Ferrandino and Danielle Farragher created their own movie entitled "Crisis in Darfur," which discussed the poverty in the African country. The movie encourages students to read and be aware of what is going on in the world. The students, their parents, their teacher, Mrs. King, and St. Francis de Sales Principal, Sister Patricia Chelius, were invited to the awards ceremony at NBC Studios, where each of the girls was presented with her own digital media package.

The second competition, "Think Quest NYC," had all sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students in the school working hard over the past year to build their own interactive, educational websites as a collaborative project which incorporates computers with material learned in their Spanish class. The students built 65 websites on a variety of topics, including the Mayans, The Battle of the Alamo, Hispanic folktales, and more.

Think Quest second place winners. From left: Jillian Urcelay, Lauren Houck, Kristin Ferrandino, Annette Scotto and teachers Mrs. King and Mrs. Powers. Think Quest second place winners. From left: Jillian Urcelay, Lauren Houck, Kristin Ferrandino, Annette Scotto and teachers Mrs. King and Mrs. Powers. Thirteen of the school's websites entered this year for the competition were named as semi-finalists from New York City. The "Continental Candy" team from St. Francis was named the second place overall winner of the Think Quest competition in the junior high division. To top off the celebration, King was named "Veteran Coach of the Year" at the ceremony.

Abus of 40 students from St. Francis de Sales, including their teacher and several parents, attended the Think Quest awards ceremony at Columbia University. The students toured the school and demonstrated their completed websites to dignitaries and industry professionals, and several students discussed their websites with representatives from the actual software companies they utilized.

'Vision for Tomorrow' second place winners Danielle Farragher and Kristin Ferrandino with their proud parents at NBC Studios. 'Vision for Tomorrow' second place winners Danielle Farragher and Kristin Ferrandino with their proud parents at NBC Studios.

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