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Orange High School's Web Site Earns "Cool School of the Week" Award

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HILLSBOROUGH — Orange High School has bragging rights as "Cool School Of The Week." The Hillsborough high school's new Web site was chosen by a national education Internet site as theBest in the Country.

The recognition means a lot to the school and its students.

Computers at Orange High School always seem to be busy. Students study networking, business computer programming and Internet technology.

Libbie Geary, Orange High School Computer Programming Instructor explained,"we have a real supportive administration that has a real forward vision as to what direction we should go with technology."

Orange High School's technology effort paid off this week when the school was named Cool School of the Week byEducation World, a national education Web site.

The colorful Orange High site is full of information about the school, its faculty and curriculum. Students also have their own Web pages. Peter Gilbane helped put the site together.

"There were certain things we had to have like links to the faculty, departments and stuff like that; then other things we just put in just to make it look nice," explains Gilbane, Site Developer.

A core group of eleven students gathered all the information, chose pictures and developed graphics for the Web site. Jason Gold plans to put what he's learned to use by starting a Web design business.

"It will also help with involvement with people, learning how to communicate and just get a feel of the business world," said Gold, Site Developer.

Geary and her students are thrilled about the award; however what they are learning is more important.

Geary said, "I think it allows us to try to think forward and providing students with opportunities and jobs they can probably work in around the area."

The Orange High Web site may even show up on some resumes soon. Orange High is the first North Carolina school to be chosen "Cool School of the Week" by Education World.

Cisco Systemssponsors the program through Education World's education search engine.


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