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Seniors research, produce Web site for Waynesboro business

September 20, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two teenagers who created a Web site for a local business as a school project have gotten more than a passing grade from the store's proprietor.

"For two 16-year-olds to develop a Web site and go worldwide, that's really phenomenal," said Brenda Mowen, of Olde Town Touch.

Britney Ellifritt and Nicole Salsgiver, both 17, were flourishing in their Advanced Web Page Design class at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

"We were actually two weeks ahead of schedule," Nicole said.

Mowen had contacted the school to determine whether a student could make a Web site for a graduation project, but a friend suggested contacting the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) instead.

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Teacher Stacy Donegan jumped at the chance and passed it on to Britney and Nicole, Mowen said.

"We just picked it up as something extra to do because we had time, since we were ahead of the class," Britney said.

In the coming months, the girls want to update the site (www.oldetowntouch.com) and prepare it for a FBLA design contest. They think they have a strong chance of winning.

"We're in high school, and no one thinks high school students can do that," Britney said.

The pair documented at least 60 hours worth of work, from taking pictures to meeting with Mowen to working in Adobe's Dreamweaver software.

In the process, Nicole discovered that perhaps she'd like to study Web design in college, rather than her original intent to enroll in an interior design program.

"Eventually I want to work from home when I'm older and have a family," said Nicole, who, like Britney, is a senior at WASHS.

She has been working on starting her own design business.

The hardest part of developing the site was to get every picture to load and the whole thing to work smoothly, Britney said.

The site went live toward the end of last school year.

"I just thought it was a lot of fun to tell my family, 'Hey, we made a Web site. Go look at it,'" Britney said.

"It was a really big project for them," Mowen said.

She said she would recommend FBLA students to anyone and has agreed to be a reference on the girls' resumes.

"I was just surprised at their work ethic and how professional they are," Mowen said. "It's definitely a win-win situation."

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