CDW-G Education Contest Highlights Students' Innovative Use of Technology
More Than 400 Students Combine Technology and Art in Fourth Annual Education Contest
Vernon Hills, IL - January 27, 2005 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) - a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation [NASDAQ: CDWC] and leading source of information technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators - today announced the winners of its fourth annual Education Contest, sponsored by Adobe®, in which junior and senior high school students create an original piece of digital artwork and write a 250-word essay that addresses how technology has enhanced their learning experience. Entries are judged on creativity, style, distinctiveness, use of color, space and medium, as well as originality, grammar and content of the essay.
Kyndell Upton, a senior at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, received this year's top honor. Combining technology and art, the yearly contest is designed to provide a unique learning experience for junior and senior high school students and showcase their expressive skills.
Kyndell's "Fly Away, How Technology Has Enhanced My Life," contest entry was one of 453 nationwide entries this year - nearly double the number of entries from the previous year. Using Adobe® Photoshop and Illustrator, the winning entry featured layered photos, newspapers and pictures, in addition to adding a personal touch with words and a portrait. In her essay, Kyndell noted that without the technology she uses today, her world, and her ability to interpret through art, would be limited. In addition, technology not only has changed the way she creates art, but it also has challenged her whole career as a student.
"Today's students have so many outlets to express their creativity. The Education Contest gives CDW-G the ability to recognize junior and senior high school students for their creative endeavors enhanced through technology," said Chris Rother, CDW-G vice president for education. "The contest also provides CDW-G with insight into the type of technology schools are using, as well as how students are using the technology."
In addition to judges from CDW-G and Adobe®, this year, two teachers joined the judging panel. Thomas Graziano, psychology teacher (25 years, retired) at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois and Elyse Martin, art teacher at Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, Illinois, provided value in judging the contestants.
"Adding career educators to the panel of judges added a new dimension and greater depth to the program," said Michele Broccardo, Adobe national account manager. "Mr. Graziano was able to see how students have progressed over the years, and Ms. Martin added her artistic eye to the student's artwork."
As this year's first place winner, Kyndell receives a notebook PC outfitted with Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite software, a printer and a digital camera kit, among other prizes. Allen High School also receives a $1,000 gift certificate from CDW-G. Nine other junior or senior high school students were awarded a wide variety of technology products from digital cameras to publishing software.
The winning essays and artwork may be viewed at http://www.cdwg.com/artcontest.
In order, the winners are:
First: Kyndell Upton: Allen High School, Allen, Texas
Second: Maxwell Scott: Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Kenmore, New York
Third: Matthew Belk: Senn High School, Chicago, Illinois
Fourth: Thomas Thorne: Westlake High School, Austin, Texas
Fifth: Tina Schurg: Beall High School, Frostburg, Maryland
Sixth: Jessica Meads: Harlem High School, Machesney Park, Illinois
Seventh: Katherine Harden: Sanilac Career Center, Peck, Michigan
Eighth: Jake Ruef: Harlem High School, Machesney Park, Illinois
Ninth: Anjali DeMarco: Manheim Central High School, Manheim, Pennsylvania
Tenth: Daquan Richards: Bellport High School, Brookhaven, New York
Honorable Mention: Travis Simpson: Coahoma High School, Coahoma, Texas
Honorable Mention: Renee Delosh: Harborfields High School, Greenlawn, New York
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