AUGUSTA — Twenty-one student artists have been selected by the Maine Department of Education to have their work showcased on tens of thousands of devices the state provides to schools to support local teaching and learning.

Through the Maine DOE’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state gives either an Apple iPad, MacBook Air or an HP ProBook laptop to all seventh- and eighth-graders and teachers in grades 7-12. High schools also have the option to participate by leasing competitively priced devices through the program for their students, according to a news release from the department.

More than 100 Maine students submitted images to be considered in this year’s MLTI Screensaver Contest and an independent panel of three judges selected the winners whose work will be featured on the 70,000 or so devices deployed during the 2015-16 school year.

The department’s artwork challenge is an annual opportunity that has attracted entries from more than 1,300 students, grades K-12, during its seven-year history. The students whose artwork was selected are also invited to attend the 2015 MLTI Student Conference Thursday, May 21, in Orono, free of charge.

Additionally, the winning artwork will be displayed at the Maine DOE’s offices in Augusta and on the Department’s website. Students have also received a letter of congratulations and certificate from Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin.

The selected students are listed below. Their artwork is additionally available for viewing at www.maine.gov/mlti.

Ellea Wilson, Monmouth Middle School, Grade 8, “Maybe They’ll Just Go.”

Carlyn Davis, Kennebunk High School, Grade 9, “In A “Perfect” World.”

Jake Wilson, Bangor High School, Grade 12, “Marker Family.”

Jamie Bayha, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Grade 7, “Fire.”

Lyndsey Cross, Bangor High School, Grade 12, “Studio.”

Sherwin Yuen, Bangor High School, Grade 10, “Hallway.”

Will Blastos, Kennebunk High School, Grade 9, “An Eye for an Eye.”

Aylen Wolf, George Stevens Academy, Grade 11, “Aperture.”

Brooke Wentworth, George Stevens Academy, Grade 11, “Sound Waves.”

Claire Ciampa, George Stevens Academy, Grade 12, “Eagle Lake.”

Katama Murray, George Stevens Academy, Grade 12, “Mischief.”

Elizaveta Maslak, Maine School of Math & Science, Grade 11, “Cherry Blossom.”

Ella Glatter, Houlton High School, Grade 12, “Collisions of the Universe.”

Elona Bodwell, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Grade 7, “Car Top.”

Max Cornman, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 10, “Open Oval.”

Michael Smith, United Technologies Center, Grade 11, “Wake Up.”

Amber Hulstrunk, Houlton High School, Grade 12, “Simplicity.”

Dylan Crockett, Houlton High School, Grade 9, “Ceramic Ball of Food.”

Kate Newman, Houlton High School, Grade 10, “Rainbow Falls.”

Shaina Hamilton, Houlton High School, Grade 12, “Phoenix.”

Emilee Burton, Central High School, Grade 11, “The Younger Years.”


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