April 25, 2005

High school students win web design contest on campus

by Katharine Quaranta

CARBONDALE, IL -- Twenty-two teams of high school students competed in a Web design contest earlier this month as part of Computer Science Day, hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The winners were announced during a ceremony held at the end of the event at the SIUC Student Center.

In order to compete, the students on each three to five member team were required to build a Web site using either Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage.

According to Mehdi Zargham, interim chair of the Department of Computer Science, "We were surprised to see the creativeness and high quality of some of the high school teams from the Web competition. They developed quite beautiful and workable Web sites in a short period of time."

In addition to the Web design competition, Computer Science Day also featured instructional sessions taught by SIUC faculty members. More than 250 students attended these sessions, which included topics such as computer security, Linux fundamentals, and Web development. The event was April 5.

Winning Web sites can be found at http://www.cs.siu.edu/cs_day/competition_winners.html.

Reaching out to the community is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, a long-range blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.

The winners, listed by hometown, are:


  • Third place: Brandon Byars, Derek Conley, Nick Ferraro


  • Second place: Andy Grueninger, Tim Howard, Erin Riley

New Athens

  • First Place: Renee Edwards, Trevor Juenger, William Koch, Derrick Quigley, Mike Durbaba
  • Second place: Holly James, Cal Jones, Kasey Meyer, Brian Fietsam, Ashley Lapointe


  • Third place: Jeff Schneiter, Jeong-Wook Lee, Austin Morgan