Area High School Students Showcase Creativity, Technical Expertise for
Underscoring the creativity and technical
sophistication of local area high school students, Hostway(R) Corporation, a
leading provider of Internet hosting and other managed services, has once again
joined with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Council of Technology Advisors (MCTA) to
sponsor a talent search for the area’s most promising young Web
The second annual Chicagoland Web Designers of the Future
Contest is open to students at all of the area’s public and private high
schools. Students may submit Web sites they have designed individually, in teams
or as class projects. Prizes include a total of $5,000 in scholarships. Students
may submit entries until May 1. Winners will be selected by June 1.
contest is designed to showcase the talents of Chicago area high school
students, including both self-taught designers and those who have taken
advantage of formal Web design courses available through their high schools.
Students will compete on the basis of content, structure and navigation, visual
design, functionality and success of their sites. Web sites designed for
personal or commercial use can be submitted and this year Hostway is
establishing a new category for Web sites created especially for the contest
reflecting the theme “Teenagers and Technology”.
Students wishing to
enter their Web site designs in the contest may do so online at
http://www.hostway.com/highschool/ . There will be two grand prize winners; one
in the open category and one in the themed category. Each will receive a $2,500
scholarship while runner-up entries will receive an offer of free hosting from
Hostway valued at over $250. Official rules can be found online.
has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for its Web Designers of the
Future Contest, including Christopher O’Brien, chief information officer for the
City of Chicago and co-chairman of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Council of
Technology Advisors; Candy Renwall, executive director of the Chicago Software
Association; Michael Lach, director of science for Chicago Public Schools; and
Lucas Roh, president and Chief Executive Officer of Hostway
“We’re convinced that some of the best young Web designers
in the country reside in the Chicago area,” said Lucas Roh, Hostway’s CEO.
“Hostway is proud to join the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors in
providing an opportunity to bring to light some of this local talent and
supports the personal and professional development of young students who are
considering Internet- related careers.”
Last year Ian Melnick, 17, a
senior at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, was the unanimous top choice
of contest judges for creating his school’s official Web site. Joining Melnick
were a trio of students from Whitney Young Magnet School, Steve Granda, Richard
Otap and Stan Lipski, who took second place for their school-community site.
Third prize went to Thomas Wolfe, a senior at Brother Rice Catholic High School,
for his personal site, Blackphiber.
“One of the best things about winning
the Hostway contest was the official recognition that the Web site I created was
useful and well-designed by the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors, the
Chicago Public School System and the Chicagoland business community,” said
Melnick. “It also boosted the site’s popularity within the school, prompting
people to make better use of all the things it can do.”
Hostway Corporation provides Web hosting and managed services to
more than 300,000 customers worldwide. Hostway helps individuals, small
businesses and large enterprises achieve more value from state-of-the-art
Web-based technologies by reducing their complexity and cost. Founded in 1998,
Hostway is one of the five largest Web hosting companies in the world with
offices in the Americas (Chicago, Tampa and Vancouver), Europe (London and
Amsterdam) and Asia (Seoul and Sydney). For more information about Hostway
Corporation, please visit www.hostway.com or call 1-888-290-5170.