Sunday, May 27, 2001

Kauai students finish
third in Web contest

By Anthony Sommer

LIHUE >> Two teams of school Web page designers from Kauai each took third place in their respective divisions at the EdTechQuest competition at the University of Idaho.

Kapaa High School won third place among high schools while Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School took third place among middle schools. There were five finalists in each of three divisions.

Schools from Hawaii and Canada to Washington and Idaho demonstrated their skills at creating multimedia content about everything from skateboarding and World War II to Homer's Odyssey and even Harry Potter.

The first annual EdTechQuest, designed to encourage integration of technology into school curriculum and sponsored by the University of Idaho's College of Education, brought more than 125 students to compete in finals Wednesday and Thursday.

"Our kids have made such wonderful progress," said Leah Aiwohi, teacher of the eight-member team from Chiefess Kamakahelei.

The Kauai Economic Development Board paid for the trips to Moscow, Idaho, by both teams.

Dispensing leis and shell necklaces to other teams, the Chiefess Kamakahelei team from Lihue used a TV news report theme to present their anti-drug Web site.

The school's advanced technology class, working with local police, created the site using digital cameras, scanners, microphones and text.

Team presenters included Kassy Morishige, Kimberlie Carillo, Miki Neoka, Royce Overlock, Maureen Leahy, Michelle Stone and Carie Inouye.

Physics teacher Wade Bosworth's students from Kapaa High School included Adrian Carmichael, Mary MacDonald, Seth Mawshige, Nick Flynn and Troy Kubota.

The Kauai teams were to spend the weekend in Seattle before returning to Hawaii.

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