Student journalists win first place

HOUSTON Students Sherika Parish, Joshua Saavedra, Victor Hernandez, Brittany Cantu, Richard Santillana, Cain Garcia, Cynthia Gonzalez, Cindi Molar, and Jacinto Rojas all contributed to the winning entry, which was an edition of the school newspaper, The Falcon's Talon.

In addition, students Miriam Sauceda and Martin Montes of HISD's Garcia Elementary School won a third place desktop publishing award for a research project on Mayan Pyramids.

A group of 43 volunteers from a cross-section of TCEA members and technology professionals judged contest entries in Digital Audio, Web Design, Digital Graphics, Multimedia, Desktop Publishing, Digital Video, and Animation. The student entrants had been preparing their entries since October 2007 when TCEA announced the 2008 Student Technology Contests. More than 800 entries were judged, resulting in just over 100 winners.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade used technology to create clever logos, colorful posters, newsletters, magazine covers, brochures, videos, multimedia presentations, and web sites. The categories represented in the contests are modeled on the technology applications courses in the state curriculum. First, second, and third place winners were announced in the seven separate contest categories within four grade-level categories — K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

The winners will receive medals and certificates. The judges came from all parts of Texas and included TCEA members ranging from technology directors to teachers and college professors.

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