EWHS students awarded Edmonds Museum scholarships
Two Edmonds-Woodway computer whiz kids will have a little extra help this fall when they start their freshman year, thanks to scholarships awarded Tuesday by the Edmonds Historical Museum.
"It was all part of our class project to help the museum design a website for the upcoming Edmonds Scarecrow Festival," said Shay Hastler, 14-year veteran computer teacher with the Edmonds School District, and instructor for the IB (Inner Baccalaureate) computer science class.
The Scarecrow Festival is an annual harvest-season community event sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum, where local businesses and individuals build and display scarecrows throughout the Edmonds community.
The first Scarecrow Festival, held last year, was an overwhelming success, and left the community clamoring for more.
A big part of the festival is the opportunity for the public to vote online for their favorite scarecrows in various categories.
The winners receive gifts and recognition in the community.
"We wanted a user-friendly website where the public could see photos of all the scarecrows, and cast votes in the various categories," said museum board member and project coordinator Dave Buelow. "Last year's website was built in just a few weeks, and while it did the job, we're looking for an expanded site with more functionality this year."
While the entire class worked on the project, two students' efforts and creativity were of such high caliber that they were recommended by Hastler to receive the awards of two $750 scholarships.
The recipients, Phoung-An NguyenDo and Markos Mezbebu, worked on developing the backend database and writing code in PHP Hypertext Programming language, the preferred tool for modern web development.
Both are seniors, planning to attend the University of Washington where they will study computer science.
"I wish we could give everyone here a scholarship," said Bill Lambert, museum board president, as he handed out the awards. "The entire class put in tremendous effort.
“I'm simply awed by their combined skill and creativity."