DCMST students recognized in website design competition

Thirteen women pose for a photo.

A Dearborn Public Schools student placed third in statewide competition for website design.

Lia Boussi, who attends Edsel Ford High School and the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology, took third place in the High School Beginner category.  This was the 13th annual web design competition held by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation.

Lena Elkoussey from Fordson High School and DCMST received an honorable mention in the contest.

More than 160 girls from across Michigan developed websites for the competition.  From October to December, the girls could participate in free coding and design training provided by the group.  Both of Dearborn’s winners were also students last year in Kimberly Shawver’s Technology and Web Design class at DCMST.

For the competition, students built a website centered on the theme “my week without digital technology.”  Finals for the competition were held on Jan. 12 at Blue Care Network in Southfield.

“We are happy to host the longest-running website design competition for Michigan girls and convene the parents, teachers and IT leaders who have great influence in fostering young girls’ interest in IT,” said Chris Rydzewski, MCWT executive director.

MCWT President Jane Sydlowski kicked off Finals Day by challenging IT field stereotypes and reinforcing the need for more girls and women to support one another in their technology aspirations.

“Today you’re competitors for a prize, but this is just a contest,” she said. “The real winners will venture around the room, meeting the other students and talking to the tech leaders here. After today, you’re all companions traveling along the same road.”

More than 100 subject matter experts from MCWT’s partner companies volunteered their time to examine the entries and select the finalists. The finalists then demonstrated their sites in front of a panel of nine judges, comprised of executives and chief information officers from Blue Care Network, Intel, Ford Motor Co., Quicken Loans, Dow Chemical, Comerica, Accenture and Ally Financial.

The finalists’ websites can be viewed at https://www.mcwtwebdesign4girls.net/2018-winners/.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation works to inspire and grow girls and women in technology fields, with a vision to make Michigan the top state for women in technology.

Caption – Website design winners and representatives of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation pose for a photo. The front left is Lia Boussi of Edsel Ford and the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology.