BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 holds 16th annual Computer Fair

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are the high school winners who placed in the Computer Fair Logo category. First place winner, Emma Mercer, from Williamsport Area School District, will move on to the state competition later this month. The winning logo from the state competition will be used to promote next year’s competition.

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17, an educational service provider, held their 16th annual Computer Fair recently at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Nearly 200 high school, middle school and elementary students from four counties — Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga — gathered in the Field House at Penn College for the event. This event showcased the students’ talents in a variety of categories including: Animation, Computer Fair Logo, Digital Movie, Graphic Design, Programming and Web Page Design. All first place winners in each category for both middle and high school will move on to the state competition later this month at Dickinson College.

Scott Moll, director of Technology, said “Today’s students are being taught in a digital world. This event encourages the student’s successes with their technology skills that they can use in the future.” Moll has been involved in this computer fair since the first regional one was held 16 years ago. “The projects continue to get better and better every year. They put a lot of time and effort into their projects and it really shows.” IU17’s regional computer fair is one of the largest in the state, with over 100 projects entered in the competition.

In addition to the four counties of student participants, there were several members of the professional and business community volunteering their time to participate as judges for the projects. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Hope Enterprises, Lycoming College, Little League Baseball, Beiters Furniture, Highland Photography Studios and M&T Bank all provided employees to participate in the event to support and encourage the students talent and passion for technology.

The regional computer fair first place winners are:

Animation

High School: John West, Southern Tioga School District

Middle School: Benjamin Deutschle and Jacob Hinman, Troy Area School District

Computer Fair Logo

High School: Emma Mercer, Williamsport Area School District

Middle School: Alexie Johnson, Troy Area School District

Digital Movie

High School: Carter Smith, Courtney Skelton and Joseph Edkin, Montgomery School District

Middle School: Lanie Mussina, Montoursville Area School District

Graphic Design

High School: Nathan Parsons and Tyler Holcomb, Williamsport Area School District

Middle School: Alexie Johnson, Troy Area School District

Programming

High School: Eric Karschner, Logan Woolcock, and Zachary Butler, East Lycoming School District

Middle School: Gage Kreger, Southern Tioga School District

Web Page Design

High School: Lexa Brown and Sierra Farrington, Southern Tioga School District

Middle School: Logan Faust and Sammy Lawrence, Southern Tioga School District

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