Founder's Finalists Announced

   

Founder's Finalists Announced
2/6/2017 3:36:21 PM

Five schools have been chosen as finalists for the 2017 Timothy R. Stephenson Founder's Award.

Environmental and Spatial Technology Inc. (the EAST Initiative), an educational nonprofit organization that promotes service learning through students’ applied use of sophisticated technology, has named five schools as finalists for the organization’s 2017 Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award. They are:

 

  • Armorel High School
  • Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Greenbrier High School
  • Helen Tyson Middle School (Springdale School District)
  • Lakeside Junior High School (Springdale School District)

 

The Founder’s Award recognizes achievement in three distinct categories: student growth; project sophistication and innovation; and community and collaboration. An Award of Excellence is given to one school in each of these three categories, and the overall Founder’s Award is presented to the school that shows the highest combined strength in all three. These awards will be presented as part of the 2017 EAST Conference during a formal awards gala at 7 p.m. March 15 in the Bank of the Ozarks Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

 

“Winning the Founder’s Award is a tremendous achievement for any school, the highest single achievement in EAST, in fact,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “EAST is built on the idea that students, motivated to pursue their own interests, can grow by learning to master tremendously sophisticated technical skills — from coding and software development to multimedia production and data visualization — all while serving the communities around them. More than just a ‘school of the year’ award, winning Founder’s means exemplifying these ideals in the work students do every day.”

 

The Founder’s Award is named for Timothy R. Stephenson, a former law enforcement officer who began teaching as a second career and put together the ideas that would become EAST while teaching at Greenbrier High School in 1996. The finalists are chosen through a rigorous  application process and will present their work to an independent judging panel at the conference in March

 

The five finalists were chosen from among 236 EAST schools in five states. In addition to selecting the overall Founder’s Award finalists, the EAST Initiative named the following schools as finalists for the three Awards of Excellence. They are:

 

  • Armorel High School
  • Bentonville High School
  • Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Greenbrier High School
  • Helen Tyson Middle School (Springdale School District)
  • Joe T. Robinson Middle School (Pulaski County Special School District)
  • Lakeside Junior High School (Springdale School District)
  • Nettleton High School (11-12 Program)

 

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