Bullitt Lick Middle School’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) has earned Gold Status for the 2019-2020 season.
Current students along with former eighth graders who are now at Bullitt Central High School can claim credit after spending countless hours on computers according to school STLP Sponsor, Project Lead The Way and Computer Science Teacher Tiffany Walker.
“I was thrilled when I heard the news and I am so proud of the hard work that the students put into the program last year,” she said.
Walker, along with Mary Allison Doyle, Library Media Specialist explained the road to Gold Status was paved with badges.
“Students had to earn badges through the school year for completing multiple tasks, such as participating in Regional and State competition,” Walker said. “We had to earn 7 badges, justify how we earned them, and compile a presentation to send to STLP State Leaders. The leaders then scored our presentation with a rubric and decided if we met the requirements for attaining the status.”
Students and their winning categories included:
- Taylor Franke, Jacob Owens, Aaron Pullen and Tabitha Karrer - Regional and State Project Competition- G Suite Tutorials
- Malaya Baker - Regional and State Project Competition- Safe Schools App
- Andy Davis, Michael Terry, Hayden Baker and Dylan Clardy - Digital Online Project Participant, and Minecraft Creation Competition
- Hayden Heck - Digital Online DPOJ competition participant
- Addie Young – Live Service Team Participant
- Tyler Bell – First Place in state for Robotics use
You can access the presentation here Bullitt Lick Gold Status Presentation .
District Director of Technology Jim Jackson applauded Bullitt Lick’s accomplishments and efforts.
“This is great news!” he said. “Bullitt Lick and the STLP kids should be proud and I am so happy for them.”
Kentucky Office of Education Technology’s Jeff Sebulsky said Bullitt Lick is now in an elite class.
“Of the hundreds of Gold Status applications submitted, yours was among the few (less than 80) that were selected. Congratulations!” he noted.
Sebulsky said with this status, Bullitt Lick now has the privilege of submitting an additional Level 1 project to the 2019 Regional Qualifier of their choice.
“While most schools are limited to no more than 3 projects, Bullitt Lick will be allowed to submit up to 4 projects,” he said.
And there’s more!
Sebulsky added when Gold Status requests are submitted again in the spring of 2020, Bullitt Lick will only need to provide a text-based update on the accomplishments of their STLP (not the full-fledged presentation that non-Gold schools are required to submit).
“When it’s time to go for the Gold again in 2020, you’ll only be asking to ‘retain’ your current Gold Status…a much simpler task!” he affirmed.
Walker said STLP’s are imperative for a school for several reasons.
“STLP allows students who excel in technology a place to showcase their talent,” she said. “It teaches students how to be leaders and use technology to make our community a better place. It also gives them experience in the design process, problem-solving, and public speaking.”