MILPITAS, CA - Having received thousands of entries for its AVerVision Document Camera Essay Contest, AVerMedia Technologies (www.aver-usa.com) announced the contest's winners on May 23. The competition called for teachers, administrators and students across the country to submit 100- to 300-word essays that described how a document camera would enhance the educational experience of their class.
Four winning essays were chosen, and each winner will receive an AVerVision Document camera and an LCD projector from the contest's co-sponsor, Hitachi America:
- Leah O'Daniel-Polanski, a math teacher at Deer Valley High School, Glen Dale, Ariz., won the grand prize-a choice of an AverVision330, an AverVision300p document camera or an AVerVision530 Visual Projector along with her Hitachi LCD projector.
- Colts Neck High School's Business and Social Studies teacher, Vince Tessi, in Colts Neck, N.J., won first prize, an AVerVision document camera and a Hitachi LCD projector.
- Grant Fossum of Chestnut Log Middle School in Douglassville, Ga., took second prize, an AVerVision300i and a Hitachi LCD projector.
- A student in Martha Thorne's class at Charlotte County Day School in Charlotte, N.C., claimed third prize. Thorne will be awarded an AVerVision130 Document Camera and a Hitachi LCD projector.
Rachel Hanson, director of sales for AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., said it was "extremely difficult to choose only four winners...With so many incredible submissions, we wished we could give everyone a document camera, but the winning essays were all creative, original and exciting."