Cherokee students earn region and state honors in technology competition


CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA – Students in Cherokee County have won regional and national accolades in the annual Georgia Student Technology Competition.

The state-wide competition gives students in Grades 3 through 12 the chance to showcase their skills in 16 categories and compete for honors at regional and national fairs.

Nearly 90 students from Cherokee County put their tech skills to the test in the Piedmont Regional Tech Competition. The regional event was organized and led by Shannon Carroll, District Instructional Technology Supervisor, and Jeff Pence, District Instructional Technology Specialist.

A total of 36 Cherokee County students took first place in their respective categories at the regional competition, qualifying them for the state competition which was held virtually in May, with entries of 870 students from all over the state.

Cherokee County students who placed first, second or third in the statewide event include:

  • First place
    • Marissa Migneco, Graphic Design, Etowah High School, Grade 9
  • Second place
    • Micah Kampman, Audio Production, Johnston Elementary School, Grade 4
    • Ryan Wexler, Project Programming, Indian Knoll Elementary School, Grade 4
    • Daniel McCrobie, 3D Modeling, Sequoyah High School, graduating class of 2021
  • Third place
    • Isabella Ayala, Internet Applications, Cherokee High School, graduating class of 2021
    • Paxton Miller, Multimedia Applications, Indian Knoll Elementary School, Grade 5

“Learning STEM is critically important to many career choices for our future graduates, and we pride ourselves on the successes of our students in regional and national technology competitions. Congratulation ! Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a press release. “We also congratulate their teachers, who we know have devoted the extra time to mentor students on these projects, and to Shannon and Jeff for all of their work in coordinating the regional event.”

First place winners from the Cherokee County region include:


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