HAYS, KS -- Thirty-seven high school students from three high schools and a community college competed April 22 Fort Hays State University's third Media Festival, conducted by the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications.
" The Media Festival offers students the opportunity to compete with each other in a series of fun and challenging contests," said Roth Chapin, festival coordinator. "The contestants are going to be the industry leaders in a few years, and by the looks of the effort they made in the Media Festival they are going to have a very rewarding career ahead of them."
In the Networking Division, teams from Campus High School, Haysville, were first and runner-up in Capture the Flag. First-place team members were Shaun and Brent Randall. The runner-up team was Brent Dickerson, Nick Mendenhall, and James Lunga.
Leavenworth High School's team of Travis Clark and Michael Brandenburg took first place in Router Configuration and Campus High School was runner-up with the team of the Randall brothers and Mendenhall.
In the Network Design Case Study, the Campus High School team (the two Randalls, Dickerson, Mendenhall and Lunga) was again the winner and Leavenworth (Clark, Brandenburg, Richard Hattok, Chris Hansen and Nathan Anderson) was runner-up.
In Information Jeopardy, Leavenworth was the winner (Clark, Brandenburg, Hattok, Hansen and Anderson) and Campus was the runner-up (Dickerson, Mendenhall, Lunga and the Randalls).
In the Web Design Division, Campus High School's Bobby Fleetwood was first in the Creative Design competition and Dora Morris, Coffeyville Community College, was runner-up.
In the Web Design Case Study, the Coffeyville Community College team of Morris, Brian Caulkins and Mindy White was first and Hays High School's team of Mikey Hester, Jennifer Burke and Ashley Compeau was runner-up.
Chapin said the case study in both divisions, Networking and Web Design, replicates a real life business scenario that the students will face when they become professionals in the industry. They built a network or Web site and presented it to a panel of judges as if they (the judges) were the owners of the business.
" We were all very impressed by the quality of work the students submitted to the Media Festival," said Chapin. "Many of the projects were of such high quality that they easily could be sold commercially."
For the first two years of the festival, FHSU offered the Cisco Internetworking Competition, a series of contests involving Information Networking only, and strictly for educational institutions offering the Cisco Academy curriculum, said Chapin. But this year, recognizing that high schools have a large pool of student talent interested in Web design, the competition was expanded to include "a series of fun and exciting challenges" from the Web design industry, he said.
" Next year we hope to include a third category, Media Studies, which will challenge the students who are training for a career in the radio and TV industry," said Chapin.