Student technology leaders on the rise

Carrollton, Ky. – May 3, 2022 – Three teams of Carroll County School District students competed against 14,000 other participants at this year’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) in late April. Cartmell Elementary (Coach Joseph Shipman), Carroll County Middle School (Coach Larisa Leap), and Carroll County High School (Coach Lynn Eaglin and Nancy Hilton) all fielded teams.


“We are very proud of these students for the amazing work that they put into their projects,” said Dr. Robin Stephenson, Ed.D., district technology coordinator for the Carroll County School District. “All of the students put in a tremendous amount time and represented our school district and our community well at the competition. We can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with next.”


In STLP competitions, students in grades P-16 compete either as teams or as individuals in project-based learning events that reward innovation and creativity. Student projects are supposed to take the needs of communities into consideration.


Cartmell students created a recycling project called “Cartmell Panthers Recycle.” They placed recycling bins throughout the school and weighed the recycling each week. The students also made videos for the school to show on the morning announcements, teaching other students about recycling. At state, the team made the finals in the project competition and ranked in the top 60 K-12 and top 30 K-5 projects. The following students competed for Cartmell: Keyla Hernandez Garcia, Jentry Hamilton, Alan McCarthy, Jett Mefford, Lilly Mefford, Liam Miller, Hailey Pirtle, Ava Saggus, Caroline Simmons and Blake Taylor.


For the middle school, three fifth-grade students were semi-finalists for their Digital Product Online Judging entries.  Evan Campbell qualified for his 3D design in Tinkercad for his replica of a Datsun car.  John Vance qualified for his 3D design in Tinkercad for his replica of a city called Johnsburg.  Finally, Johnathon Pirtle qualified for his Infograph in Canva called “Take To The Skies.”


The CCHS Panther Paws group qualified at regionals for the state competition with their dog treats business.  Cole Crawford, Dylan Williamson, Jayden Jones and Coffee the dog competed for the high school.  From working with their business, the students learned many skills that will enable them to be successful with any career. The students partnered with the Lemon Drop to sell their dog treats.

Another CCHS group comprised of Angel Snow, Jenna Switzer, Molly Thompson and Bailey Welch placed second at state in the Sphero Hero competition.   For Sphero Hero, a team of students creates an original dramatic story, creates an obstacle course as the stage for their story, and programs a Sphero to navigate the stage autonomously while students narrate their tale to judges.


The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12. For more information on the Carroll County School District, visit


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