CARLISLE, Pa. - Burgettstown Middle School students competed at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair State Competition at Dickinson College.
The regional competition was held in April at Intermediate Unit 1 in Coal Center. Students placing first were eligible to participate in the state competition. There are five competition categories, including animation, computer fair logo, digital movie, graphic design, programming and web page design.
Kieran Walsh, the son of Teresa and Paul Walsh, placed first in programming at the regional competition held at Intermediate Unit 1, before continuing to the state competition, where he placed first in the state. He is an eighth-grader and this is his third year of competition.
Kieran Walsh, a Burgettstown Middle School eighth-grader, won first overall in programming at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair State Competition. -- Contributed
Elka Hoelsken, left, and Madison Banaszak, Burgettstown Middle School eighth-graders, placed first in graphic design at the regional middle school computer fair at the Intermediate Unit 1, qualifying them for the state competition. -- Contributed
Sam Berdine, a Burgettstown Middle School sixth-grader, placed first in web page design during the regional middle school computer fair at the Intermediate Unit 1. -- Contributed
Elka Hoelsken, the daughter of Rebecca and R. Paul Hoelsken, and Madison Banaszak, the daughter of Cris and David Banaszak, placed first in graphic design at the regional competition, before going on to compete at the state competition. The pair are eighth-graders and this is their second year of competition.
Sam Berdine, the son of Lynn and Adam Berdine, placed first in web page design at the regional competition, before going on to compete at the state competition. He is a sixth-grader, and this is his first year of competition.
The annual state competition highlights middle school students' application and knowledge in computer technology-based fields. Students are encouraged to be creative while communicating clearly and improving their knowledge.