February 21, 2006
Cowley hosting web design contests
Web site production students at Cowley College host web design contests each semester for a local community non-profit organization, with all high school students in the state of Kansas invited to participate.
This year’s winner was Dawn Hinson, a junior at Northern Heights High School in Allen. The other two finalists were Zach Kingery, a senior at Madison High School, and Bryant Duenas, a freshman at Olpe High School.
Red Cross board members Seth Bate, Kathy Lange, and Executive Director Jean Dippel judged the contest. Prizes included T-shirts from the Red Cross as well as scholarship opportunities from Cowley College.
The Winfield Chapter of the American Red Cross gets to choose a web site built for them at no cost, while the high school students get to compete with their peers and showcase their skills. Cowley web design students manage the contest as part of their business, “Cowley Web Design”.
Last Spring, the benefiting organization was the Arkansas City chapter
of the Habitat for Humanity.
Mia Allen, Cowley Webmaster, has received positive feedback concerning the contest.
“High school instructors have called thanking me for the opportunity for their students to participate in this contest,” Allen said. “Some of them even allow the students to compete as part of their web design course requirements. This is also a way to bring an awareness of our programs here at Cowley. Just this semester, we have implemented a Graphic Web Design degree for students interested in this area of study.”