Students from four schools win Web contest honors

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Students from a wide swath of schools, from Toledo to Wapakoneta to Milan, swept the prizes in Bowling Green State University's fourth annual high school Web design contest.

Alex Bahret, a junior at Toledo Christian High School, earned the school a $500 cash award by submitting the winning entry in the high school Web page division.

In the high school organization category, which attracted 13 entries, sophomore Chad Downing, senior Nancy Walls and the rest of teacher Julie Courter's Web design class at Wapakoneta High School designed the award-winning site about the school's boys' soccer program. The soccer program received a Canon digital camera for the students' efforts.

Among 14 students who entered the personal Web page division, two of the three winners were from the Erie, Huron and Ottawa Vocational Education (EHOVE) Career Center in Milan. Kathleen (Alex) Wheeler, a senior at EHOVE, placed first, winning a Lexmark photo printer in the process, while fellow senior Kristi Caldwell was third, earning a Magnavox DVD player. Chase Banachowski, a senior at Sylvania Northview High School, took home a SanDisk flash drive for his second-place entry.

Contest entries were judged on the basis of content, design and ease of use. Each design had to include a main page, with at least three internal links, and four-to-eight pages overall. The contest was open to all high schools, public and parochial, in 21 counties.

The winners were announced at BGSU's Northwest Ohio Technology Fair on Nov. 15.    

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(Posted November 17, 2006)