The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) has named Mila Acosta Morales, an eighth-grade student at Tohickon Middle School in Central Bucks School District, as the first recipient of the PETE&C Technology Student of the Year Award.
Acosta Morales received the award at the organization’s annual event in Hershey.
Acosta Morales was nominated for the award by Bridget Fox, a librarian at Tohickon Middle School. In her nomination letter, Fox explained that Acosta Morales 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 Acosta Morales for this award. He praised Acosta Morales for her work ethic, her strong technology skills and her demonstrated ability to rise to challenges both inside and outside the classroom.
Acosta Morales serves as a member of her school’s iTeam and is tasked with helping her 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. Additionally, Acosta Morales serves as a member of student council and has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Acosta Morales’ passion for technology and innovation, for learning and for helping others made her an exceptional recipient for this inaugural award.