Students with disabilities win technology awards
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Published: 12-May-2010

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published: 12-May-2010

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Tech-Now, Oklahoma High School High Tech honored several Oklahoma High School students with disabilities for projects on science and technology careers. Thousands of dollars in scholarships, cash and computers were awarded to the students by education, business and state leaders in the State Capitol Blue Room on Monday, May 10.

Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Pryor delivered congratulatory remarks at the event. She included in her remarks the notable story of Thomas Edison and his invention of the light bulb. Edison once said: “I never failed, it was just a 2000-step process.”

Speaker will be Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Pryor. Master of Ceremonies was Scott Ellis, who is Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Government Relations Director and Chair of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Cash and other prizes for the event were provided by: $3,100 from Oklahoma One-Call (Call Okie);  a laptop computer supplied by the Mid-America Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America; $775 from AMBUCS and Dick Nowlin, $3,275 from Tech-Now, Inc., and $2,800 from The State Chamber. The Microsoft and Corel Corporations donated computer software.

State Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City, attended the event and presented recognition to Bethany High School students Aaron Ward, Victoria Huiett & Hannah Pennock). Branan praised Bethany High School in particular for “consistent high achievement” in the program.

Tech-Now is a day and after school program funded by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and public and private gifts. Tech-Now provides students with disabilities access to technology, technology training and encouragement to explore potential education and employment opportunities to prepare them to be productive, contributing citizens of Oklahoma’s future.

Tech-Now, Oklahoma High School High Tech has program sites in 22 school districts and at thirty-one schools across Oklahoma. Tech-Now, Inc. President and CEO Rick DeRennaux may be contacted at DeRennaux@hotmail.com.    

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is an advisory committee for the Office of Disability Concerns, Steven Stokes, Director.

Prize winners for the Tech-Now, Oklahoma High School High Tech 2010 Awards disclosed on Monday are:

$1,000 Oklahoma College/University Scholarship & $200:

Logan Horsley, Bethany High School

Alex Laughlin, Bethany High School

Brett Palmer, Tulsa Edison High School

Career Technology Center One Semester Tuition Waiver & $200:

James Carter, Norman North High School

Andrew Thompson, Tulsa Edison High School

Christina Magers, Bethany High School
                                                
Tech-Now High Point Score Awards:

Laptop computer from Mid-America Paralyzed Veterans of America & $150

Billy Madewell, Bethany High School        

$150 Cash Award & Corel Draw Suite X5 Computer Software

Logan Horsley, Bethany High School

$125 Cash Award


Josh Dickenson, Bethany High School

$100 Cash Award

Haley Hansen, Bethany High School

Call Okie Awards

Computer Poster Competition

1st          Logan Horsley, Bethany High School

2nd          Billy Madewell, Bethany High School

3rd          Michelle Magers, Bethany High School

4th          Haylee Griffeth, Bethany High School

5th          Josh Dickenson, Bethany High School

6th          Lacee Hagood, Bethany High School

Computer Television Ad

1st          Aaron Ward, Victoria Huiett & Hannah Pennock, Bethany High School

2nd          Tommy Batt, Wesley Ramirez & Bobby Hood, McLoud High School

3rd          Caitlin Clark, Thomas Batt & Steven Clarke, McLoud High School 

Computer Radio Ad

1st          Tommy Batt, McLoud High School

2nd          Michelle Magers & Sandra Yescas, Bethany High School

3rd          Ebony Leverett & BreAnna Paul, Bethany High School

NOTE: Editor Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.

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