By Bryant Thigpen
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Two students at Madison County High School were awarded two new Dell laptop computers on Friday, January 6, for their efforts in a student essay contest. Students across the state of Florida who are members of the High School High Tech program were encouraged to submit an essay about how they could benefit from a computer with their education and future careers. In a joint effort by the Able Trust and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, MCHS students Chaddrick Johnson and Jamarian Robinson were each selected as a recipient of a new Dell laptop computer.
“Chad is very dedicated to his studies and commits his energy to his education, career goals, and the MCHS High Tech Program,” stated Mary Coody, director of the Madison High School/High Tech program. Johnson, who will graduate from MCHS in 2012, plans to attend Mortuary College and one day become a funeral home director. In his essay, Johnson states that having a laptop will allow him to excel in class work, do research on colleges and learn more about the career he has chosen.
Robinson, who is also venturing into mortuary college, states that his interest in having a laptop is based on the needs of gaining training for his selected career, researching vital information about funeral directing, and to improve his current study habits.
“I have had the privilege of working with Jamarian for a few months now and find this young man to be a dedicated hard working individual,” Coody said. “He is so excited about his choice of career.”
Allison Chase, the state director for the High School/High Tech program, was on hand for the presentation to the students. “By giving the laptops to the students, the Able Trust and FAAST are helping to make the technology link between their education and career goals,” Chase stated. “We want them to use the laptops in their studies, to explore the world of work, and of course, have fun in the process.”