On March 23, Camdenton R-III Schools celebrated the accomplishments of third, fourth and fifth grade students for placing first in the nation for the year of 2011 in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge as well as sixth grade students for taking second in the nation, missing first place by only two points.
In attendance of a school assembly held in the auditorium at Camdenton High School were members of the Jefferson City Governmental Staff with guest speaker being Representative Diane Franklin; Head of Homeland Security; Camden County Sheriff's Office, Camdenton City Police Chief and Mayor as well as other distinguished guests all attending to show their support for the excellence the students of Hawthorn Elementary and Oak Ridge Intermediate have accomplished.
In mid-August, teachers and students discussed the focuses of computer lab time. Overwhelmingly the "people's choice" by the students was to compete and win the Internet Safety Challenge.
The FBI-SOS site objectives are "to help students become responsible cyber citizens by giving them the tools to avoid and report online dangers and use internet resources wisely."
To participate in the challenge, students took a pre-test of fifteen questions. Since many of the students were uncertain of terms like Social Networking, Public Domain or what copyright laws were, time was then spent on a Scavenger Hunt learning the answers to the pre-test questions. When the hunt was over, students completed a post test.
Each of the fifteen questions was worth 500 points. One point was deducted from the score for every second it took to answer the question. Students set a goal to improve their score by 100 points or score above 7,000 points.
The contest started in August and students finished in early November. From then students watched and waited until December when the contest ended, all the time hanging in that first place spot.
As the FBI-Safe Online Surfing said in their congratulatory letter, "To achieve this title your students demonstrated they were able to answer more questions correctly in less time than over 15,000 students from over 150 schools in thirty states."
The top five scoring students from each grade received a certificate honoring their accomplishments. Third, fourth and fifth grade received a trophy in recognition of their accomplishments as a class.
The top five third grade students recognized were Brayden Blackman, Mallory Bartels, Haley Hultz, Karsten Andersen and Maya Irvine; fourth grade: Donnie Hudson, Addy Normand, Jase Nicklas, Pierce Taylor, and Larson Ashcroft; fifth grade: Alexis Nitcholas, Hannah Robinson, Cheznie Bivens, Brady Lindner, and Savannah Davis; sixth grade: Rebecca Savinkov, Cooper Smith, Ayanna Schulte, Nathan Weems, and Matthew Dettmer.
For more information about the challenge, visit https://sos.fbi.gov.