National award winners in attendance at KSB meeting

By on August 2, 2013

by Stefanie Frazier
KANELAND—Kaneland High School alums Nicholas Messina, Marshall Farthing and Stephen McCracken represented the Fox Valley Career Center during Monday’s Kaneland School Board meeting and presented information about the computer science program they did at Harter Middle School and in the town of Eminence, Mo.

The alums, with Jack Grimes, an alternate, had worked on this program as seniors, participated in a community service team and won a gold medal at the National SkillsUSA competition. They also received an award from Google through Google Rise—Roots in Science and Engineering. This team represents one of 11 to receive the Google Rise award out of more than 800 applicants.

The alums had helped students and teachers get more comfortable with technology, including web development and the creation of an app.

McCracken recalled a middle school student saying “I can’t do this” in regard to creating a web page on a Notepad program. After McCracken “helped him through,” the student said, “I can do this.”

School Board President Cheryl Krauspe, expressed her appreciation for having national champions in the midst at the board meeting.

“We’re awfully proud,” she said.