Minerva High School Students Receive Award for Excellence in Computing Technology

Columbus, Ohio -- June 14, 1999 -- Ohio is in good hands if State Science Day resembles any indication of the future.

Brent M. McPherson and his partner Ryan Stocker, both seniors at Minerva High School, received the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Award for their exceptional team project entered at State Science Day 1999. McPherson and Stoker were two of three students chosen for this prestigious award.

The event which celebrated its 51st anniversary this year, is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education for Ohio's students. State Science Day was held at Ohio Wesleyan University, where OSC was one of 90 sponsors of scholarships and awards.

"The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding computing application in a scientific or engineering discipline," said Charlie Bender, OSC director. "It gives all of us great pleasure in recognizing these bright and talented young adults, so they have incentive to further their education in the computing industry."

McPherson and Stocker entered a team project titled "Project UIC: Universal Interface Cable." Proto-network engineering was used to exchange video, phone, and high speed Ethernet/Internet over a single cable. Both have been admitted to the Ohio State University and plan to major in CIS/Engineering.

OSC, located in Columbus, is a state-supported resource for Ohio's scientists, engineers, and educators. High performance computing, networking, and education converge at OSC to help position Ohio as a research and information state. The Center promotes collaboration with and among its users to benefit Ohio research and possibly affect the way the world turns in the next millennium. The Center's networking division, helps position Ohio as an information state connecting more than a million Ohioans to the Internet.