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COLUMBIA Four representatives of Laurens District High School were honored by IT-oLogy and the S.C. Department of Education.

They are among the recipients of the Second Annual IT-oLogy Innovation Challenge.

The Innovation Challenge, a statewide competition for grades 3-12, offered students and teachers an outlet to create and share projects using technology to solve or bring awareness to an environmental problem in their respective communities. Student winners were awarded Future Scholar 529 Plan contributions and technology prizes, while teachers were awarded Amazon gift cards to use for their classroom needs.

The recipients for the 2018 Innovation Challenge are:



·Colette Schaalje and Lillianna Anderson: Spearman Elementary School (Piedmont)

·Aqua Patrol Ocean Cleaner


·CharLeigh While: Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood)

·Crayola Color Recycle awareness video


·Mariyah Carroll and Piper Petroski: Merrywood Elementary (Greenwood)

·Not So Styrofoam

Honorable Mention

·Sai Vallabh Gurram: Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood)

·Deer Vehicle Collision Avoidance System

Honorable Mention

·Anna Katherine Philpot and Adriana Barreras: Spearman Elementary School (Piedmont)

·Trash Dash

High School:


·Lauren Chen: Dutch Fork High School (Irmo)

·Smarter Thermostat


·Marigordon Varner, Cameron Estes and Austin Bercume: Laurens District High School (Laurens)

·         Fowl Water Cleaner


·Wil Armstrong, Dylan Drake and Andrew Shelton: Laurens District High School (Laurens)

·The Stirling Peltier Hybrid Engine

Honorable Mention

·Abigail Garrison, Walter Young and Camden Carmen: Laurens District High School (Laurens)


Honorable Mention

·Zachary Huang: Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC)

·Plastic Bottle Cap Solution



·Kirsten Bullington: R2i2 (Columbia)

·Next Energy Engineering


·Denise Wright: Ocean Bay Middle School (Myrtle Beach, SC) 

·Micro Controllers/Soil Moisture


·Rob Sheffield: Laurens District High School (Laurens)

·Green Roof High School Design

Students presented their projects to a panel of judges at the South Carolina State Museum on Saturday, Oct. 20. Judges included representatives from Companion Data Services, SCRA, South Carolina State Museum and T.M. Floyd & Company.

Sponsors for Innovation Challenge included CA Technologies, Companion Data Services, USC Palmetto College, SCRA, South Carolina State Museum and TM Floyd & Company.

IT-ology is a 501©3 that works to ensure every South Carolinian is equipped to take advantage of the IT career opportunities in the new techlogy economy. IT-oLogy’s mission is to attract, engage and educate future and existing IT talent in South Carolina. Through offering innovative, interactive, high-quality programs designed for PreK-12, college students, educators, parents, volunteers, career changers, veterans, and IT professionals, IT-oLogy’s programs are designed to create a thriving, home-grown technology workforce.