• April 5, 2016
    USC junior earns top honors at regional computer fair – advances to states

    Connor Byrnes Upper St. Clair High School junior Connor Byrnes earned top honors at the regional Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair competition on March 16, 2016, at the Carnegie Science Center. Connor’s Party Planner app took first place in the Programming category and his Warhol Inspired Logo earned first place in the 2017 Computer Fair Logo category. He now advances to the state-level competition, which is set for May 24, 2016, at Dickinson College in Carlisle.

    Also earning high honors were freshman Sam Burt, whose educational app for the Periodic Table placed second in the Programming Category, and seventh grader Antara Cleetus, who earned third place honors in the Animation category of the middle school computer fair.

    The following Upper St. Clair High School students participated in the regional high school event: Sam Burt, Connor Byrnes and Vashisth Parekh. In addition, the following Fort Couch Middle School students participated in the middle school-level computer fair: Luke Adelman, Tyler Berger, Sadhana Boddhula, Antara Cleetus, Kevin Finn, Gunnar Kovell, Richa Mahajan, Jack Moore, Sophia Pries and Josh Russell. Students were mentored by Connie Gibson, Jason O'Roark and Pat Palazzolo, gifted education teachers.

    The Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair and the Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair are annual events that highlight Pennsylvania school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process. There are six competition categories including Animation, Computer Fair Logo, Digital Movie, Graphic Design, Programming and Web Page Design.

    To learn more about the middle and high school computer fairs, visit www.middleschoolcomputerfair.org and www.pacomputerfair.org.