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DMS Wins Hour of Code Challenge!

posted Feb 15, 2015, 9:29 AM by Jared Wall   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 12:39 PM ]
Devall Middle School is proud to announce that we have won the Hour of Code Challenge sponsored statewide by the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children.  The goal of the contest was to see which schools in the state had the highest percentage of the student body successfully complete an hour of coding.  Devall Middle School, led by Mrs. Kari Wall who heads the Viking Career and Technical Education Department, finished with 100% participation!  This means that every student on our campus successfully participated in and completed the Hour of Code Challenge and were awarded a certificate for their participation!  Congratulations to you, the students of Devall Middle School, for accepting and conquering the challenge!  Devall Middle School will be awarded $5000 for this first place finish.  This money is to be used for educational purposes.  Again, congratulations to all involved!

Text of an Article from the West Side Journal:

Devall Middle earns 5,000 for Coding Initiative

Foundation for Louisiana’s Children announced the award of $20,000 to schools across Louisiana. To encourage computer science education in Louisiana, First Lady Supriya Jindal invited Louisiana students to participate in’s “Hour of Code,” a global computer-programming initiative, during National Computer Science Week. estimates that over 120,000 Louisiana students participated in the “Hour of Code” challenge December 8th-14th this year. Jindal awarded Devall Middle School in Port Alien with $5,000 to be used for educational purposes:

“I am tremendously proud of the over 120,000 students across Louisiana who took part in Code.orgs Hour of Code. As a chemical engineer, I take special interest in math and science; but as a mom, I am excited to share in the enthusiasm from Louisiana’s young students who participated in this initiative,” said Supriya Jindal.

    Mrs. Jindal continued, We are thrilled to aid in exposing our young students to computer coding during National Computer Science Education Week. While this may spark an interest in many to one day pursue a career that involves programming and design, it is also our hope to underscore the importance of logic and critical thinking in every career our State’s young students aspire to.”

    “We know that student ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. That’s why our entire school embraced this unique learning opportunity. We are so fortunate that the Supriya Jindal Foundation encouraged participation in this initiative. Our students were challenged and inspired” said Laree Taylor, principal of Devall Middle School.

Tina Martin, principal of Highland Baptist Christian School, was indeed grateful of the opportunity to expose students to computer coding. The students shocked themselves, they were saying things like, I never thought I could do something like this and Oh man. I really want to finish. Can I come back' They were excited to learned something cool and had a great time doing it,” said Ms. Martin.

About the Competition To compete for the award, students were are asked to complete Code.orgs Hour of Code lesson entitled Write your first computer program.”

The lesson can be found at .