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Tohickon Middle School student wins award in state technology competition


Central Bucks school board members Tuesday night congratulated Mila Acosta Morales, an eighth grade student at Tohickon Middle School as the first-ever recipient of the PETE&C Technology Student of the Year Award.

The award is for a Pennsylvania student in grades six through 12 who is doing unique or outstanding work in educational technology endeavors.

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) named Mila as the recipient earlier this month and she received the award last week at the organization’s annual event in Hershey.

In her nomination letter, Bridget Fox, a librarian at Tohickon Middle School, explained that Mila is an outstanding student who consistently demonstrates the spirit of the award. For example, she represented the school in the district’s first Technology Showcase last year, explaining to the community the QR code-based podcast system for book reviews she developed for use in the library.

Matthew Powell, integrated technology teacher at Tohickon Middle School, also recommended Mila for this award. He praised her work ethic, her strong technology skills and her demonstrated ability to rise to challenges both inside and outside the classroom.

Mila is a member of her school’s iTeam and is tasked with helping classmates navigate technology issues with their laptops. She is also a captain of her school’s Reading Olympics team and led them to success in competition, attaining the highest ever score for the school. Mila is also a member of student council and has a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“We could not be prouder or more honored to have her in Central Bucks,” Superintendent John Kopicki said.

PETE&C is a conference collaboration between The Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communication and Technolog, the Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit Instructional Materials Services Directors, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The statewide event reaches more than 2,500 participants who use educational technology in the classroom or for administrative purposes in order to help students succeed.

In other news, Danielle Turner, athletic director for the Central Bucks School District recently gave her first of what will be a monthly presentation on the sports programs in the district.

Her inaugural talk covered a recap of the fall season.

Turner said that compared to the 2017-18 school year, participation numbers were right on track.

At the high schools, Turner said, CB West is a few students lower, adding that it wasn’t cause for concern. CB East has 29 percent of total student population competing in athletics. CB West has 26 percent and CB South 25 percent.

Turner noted that CB East is the district’s only school that host a girls golf team. The other two schools have the opportunity, there is funding for them it’s just that they don’t have the participants at this time.

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