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PCSSD schools win at EAST conference in Hot Springs
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PCSSD schools win at EAST conference in Hot Springs

PCSSD is proud to announce winners in the 15th annual EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) National Conference, presented by the Arkansas Department of Education, which concluded today in Hot Springs, Ark., celebrating the work of EAST students from around the country. 

Joe T. Robinson Middle School (winner in Project Sophistication and Innovation Category) was a finalist for the prestigious Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award! Their facilitator is Ms. Jennie Coy.


Joe T. Robinson High School received a Superior Rating for the third year in a row, as well as a Student Achievement Award

Maumelle High School’s EAST Facilitator, Stacy Buckingham, bragged on their team receiving a superior rating! “We also were given a Difference Maker coin for David Lee's project. Less than thirty of these are handed out, and I can't wait to surprise him with it today, Buckingham stated!”

"The tradition continues as Sylvan Hills High School received a superior rating,” said SHHS EAST Facilitator P. Edward Dupins! “This year's conference offerings for the school included its partnership with the city of Sherwood to capture the oral history of the founding of Sherwood, to better prepare its citizens for natural disasters, and its efforts to improve the health and wellness of the city! Congrats on a job well done!" 

Maumelle Middle School received a "Superior” rating! MMS had a "galaxy" themed booth with several spotlight videos. The students used the theme "Don't limit yourself to the skies when there's a whole galaxy out there" to display the entire program’s projects. 

This was the first year MMS has entered in the Founder's Award category, the music competition, and the EAST video competition. Christian Thompson's music was featured at the conference. Hollis Peters, a speaker at the judge’s presentation said, "I think the judges liked my closing statement, "Give us a problem, and we'll give you a solution!"

"I couldn't be more proud of my students this year--I challenged them to go outside the walls of our classroom and to involve the community in their efforts. They went above and beyond, and delivered projects that we can proudly say represent the ideas and standards of EAST," said Candy Riggan, facilitator.

Jesi Barnes, EAST facilitator at Jacksonville Middle School, proudly announced her team received a Superior rating! Congratulations, EAST students!

“This year’s conference has not only been a big success with new and outstanding components,” said Elise Fry, Ambassador Team leader from Batesville High School. “As an EAST student and team leader, I can honestly say this has been our best conference.”

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