Onekama students take part in AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase

ONEKAMA — No one could blame Onekama Consolidated School officials if they were beaming with pride after the presentation four of the district’s students made at the AT&T/Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Student Showcase in Lansing.

Students Jacob Mauntler, Mackenzie Bradford, Carlee Pepera and Katelynn Feil were selected to represent the school at the 13th annual showcase that was held at the state Capitol last week. The showcase is designed to show legislators and interested citizens how technology is being utilized in the classroom.

Onekama students put on a display about how students utilize iPads in the elementary, upper elementary, middle and high school levels. The theme of their display was “Technology at Onekama Schools Throughout Our Campus.”

“The students had an outstanding experience and they got to meet State Rep. Ray Franz (R, Onekama) and state Sen. Darwin Booher (R, Evart),” said Onekama teacher John Neph. “Rep. Franz tooks the kids around and they got to go into some different parts of the Capitol building. They also had the opportunity to interact with students from all over the state.”

Onekama Consolidated Schools was one of 35 schools to present during the showcase. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education and MACUL with the purpose of bringing levels together to share their knowledge and concerns regarding educational use of computers and technology.

“We had a booth set-up and our kids would break it up where two of them would man it while the other two would circulate around the room to look at other exhibits,” said Neph. “They saw some very unique things as there was a Green School and another school had robotics. It was fantastic that the kids had the opportunity to learn about all the ways that technology is being used in other schools.”

Neph said the four students proved to be good ambassadors for Onekama schools at the conference. Also attending with the students were parents Kris Mauntler and Peggy Pepera.