October 18, 2002

Gateway Computers Donated to Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology

It was the opportunity of a lifetime for four Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology students. Meaghan Booth, Chris Cherry, Jennifer Dawson and James Antoniszyn met and rubbed elbows with local celebrities Tom Waitt-Chairman and CEO of Gateway, Inc.-and Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers.

The students were on hand for the official donation by Gateway of 4,500 computers to several San Diego organizations. Fifteen of the computers, which were used in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, went to the Hilltop High academy for use in classes for web design and computer programming. A server and a laptop worth nearly $9,000 were donated to the academy as well


Hilltop High students (left to right) Jennifer Dawson, Chris Cherry, James Antoniszyn and Meaghan Booth meet Junior Seau, who represented the Boys and Girls Clubs of America at the Gateway event.

The new computers arrived to the campus in August, and the students are already using them in exciting ways. Chris Cherry, a junior in the academy, has set up the server to help students log in to any school computer and create web pages. Their pages are posted on the server and fellow students and staff can view the pages over the district network. James Antoniszyn and Mea-ghan Booth worked for three days setting up the computers and reconfiguring the computer lab. Jennifer Dawson, a freshman at Hilltop, uses the laptop to provide live football statistics for home football games.

“We’re already thrilled with the programs being offered at the Information Technology Academy at Hilltop High,” said Sweetwater Board President Greg Sandoval, “and these computers will give our students an extra edge in learning web design and other important technological skills.”

According to Rick Lakin, academy teacher of web design and programming, “The donated computers are a significant improvement to our lab. All of our students have had an opportunity to do professional quality work and gain skills in technology that they will use in the future.”

The web design and programming lab is just one of the advanced programs at the Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology. The Academy is in its third year of operation, currently serving over 90 students.

Gateway Computers Donated to Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology

It was the opportunity of a lifetime for four Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology students. Meaghan Booth, Chris Cherry, Jennifer Dawson and James Antoniszyn met and rubbed elbows with local celebrities Tom Waitt-Chairman and CEO of Gateway, Inc.-and Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers.

The students were on hand for the official donation by Gateway of 4,500 computers to several San Diego organizations. Fifteen of the computers, which were used in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, went to the Hilltop High academy for use in classes for web design and computer programming. A server and a laptop worth nearly $9,000 were donated to the academy as well.

The new computers arrived to the campus in August, and the students are already using them in exciting ways. Chris Cherry, a junior in the academy, has set up the server to help students log in to any school computer and create web pages. Their pages are posted on the server and fellow students and staff can view the pages over the district network. James Antoniszyn and Mea-ghan Booth worked for three days setting up the computers and reconfiguring the computer lab. Jennifer Dawson, a freshman at Hilltop, uses the laptop to provide live football statistics for home football games.

“We’re already thrilled with the programs being offered at the Information Technology Academy at Hilltop High,” said Sweetwater Board President Greg Sandoval, “and these computers will give our students an extra edge in learning web design and other important technological skills.”

According to Rick Lakin, academy teacher of web design and programming, “The donated computers are a significant improvement to our lab. All of our students have had an opportunity to do professional quality work and gain skills in technology that they will use in the future.”

The web design and programming lab is just one of the advanced programs at the Hilltop High Academy of Information Technology. The Academy is in its third year of operation, currently serving over 90 students.

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