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For some technical students, future is in site

April 26, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - For aspiring author Brandi Bove, Web site design is a perfect mix of information and imagination.

Internet pages represent "kind of a story that I'm writing," Bove, 16, said last week.

Bove, of Boonsboro High School, and her classmates authored more than 120 pages of writing and graphics in developing a new Web site, www.washingtoncountytech.com, as part of their junior-level computer repair and networking class at Washington County Technical High School.

According to teacher Amanda Corcoran, the county schools' other Web sites are all embedded in the structure of the Board of Education's www.wcboe.k12.md.us. While the technical school's Web site is linked to that site, it also stands alone. The school paid for the right to use the new address, Corcoran said.

"I think we did a pretty good job, like it looks really nice, like a professional site," said Aaron Morningstar, 17, of South Hagerstown High School.

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Bove, Morningstar and Andrew Butler, 16, of Clear Spring High School, all said they would like to pursue Web design after graduation.

Morningstar, Butler, Bove and a partner worked in two groups building Web sites for a statewide contest Tuesday.

"I love it," Bove said. "This is actually the kind of field I want to go into at college and hopefully work in."

The site features information about the school's academic and technical areas, mission and values and daily announcements. The school's logo is featured against an L-shaped background of red, in contrast to most of the site's text, which is written in red against a gray background.

"I get on, and I start surfing around, and it's really neat to see pictures and programs ..." said principal Jeffery Stouffer, who called the Web site "excellent."

According to Corcoran, the class studied Web design from October to December. Designing the Web site took nine weeks.

Students worked with partners to prepare and present content and graphics, and committees carried the project through to completion.

"A lot of students have that artistic flair, too, so it gives them another outlet to work on the computer, and also go a creative route," Corcoran said.

Billy Huffer, 17, said he learned a lot about Web design by working on the school's site.

"I think it's great," said Huffer, of Clear Spring High School. "I can hardly believe that we made it."

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