Welsh High School wins state award in technology

By Crystal Price - bio | email

WELSH, LA (KPLC) - For the 2nd year in a row, Welsh High School has taken the 1st place title in the Louisiana High School Technology Challenge sponsored by the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

Welsh High beat out nearly 300 schools in the on-line technology competition.

In the contest 12 students from Welsh High split into different groups to solve different tasks in a four-hour time period.

Some of these tasks include creating power point presentations, spread sheets, and finding information on-line under a time limit.

Christian Coleman was in the group faced with the task of having to answer 40 random questions that can be found on the world wide web.

"You had to know what exactly you were looking for and the right words to put in," said Coleman.

Amethyst Watson participated in the group that created a power point presentation in a short amount of time.

"It was a lot of pressure," said Watson. "I think we were the last ones to get our tasks in to get them uploaded for judging."

School officials said they attribute the business department at Welsh High School for preparing the students for the competition.

"We have a great business department at Welsh High," said Wendy Sonnier, a business teacher from Welsh High. "We focus on teaching them to work well with their peers to complete a task."

Officials also said the contest does not only bring in awards for the school, but it also prepares future business professionals in Louisiana.

"It's important to know that your future generation can really communicate with each other and really focus when it's time to focus and get a job done," said Sonnier.

The students at Welsh High said they are excited about competing at next year's technology challenge that is slated for sometime around Mardis Gras next year.

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