Johnson County School District 

Impressive Showing at State Student Technology Leadership Competition 

The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state competition was held at Rupp Arena on April 20th. STLP promotes student achievement and learning through technology-based solutions to support community and school needs.   

Students from elementary through high school proudly represented the Johnson County School District. The district had five elementary STLP Project Teams, one middle, and two high school teams qualify for state competition with school and community projects.  

Central Elementary’s S.T.O.P. “Slaying The Opioid Problem” and “Highland Elementary’s “Bow Wow Pet Bots” projects both placed in the Terrific Top 20 category. Flat Gap Elementary’s “READER LEADERS,” Highland Elementary’s “A Recipe for Wildcat Success,” and Porter Elementary’s “Crushing COVID Through Kindness (CCTK)” placed in the Best In Level 2 category.   

Central Elementary placed 2nd in state with a Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ) 3-D Art Project.   

STLP students will be recognized this evening, April 25th, at the Johnson County School Board Meeting.  A huge congratulations to all of our STLP students!

STLP Projects

Central Elementary

S.T.O.P. “Slaying The Opioid Problem”

This project addresses the drug epidemic in our region by creating a website that provides information about recovery centers, laws, and after-recovery care. 

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Assistant Coach: Nikki Jude  

Members- Anthony Jude, Abby Gullett, Aubrey Adams, Sebastian Adams, Maycee Curnell, Abby Penix, Carter Cooley, and Skylar Robison

Flat Gap Elementary 


Older students read with younger students weekly to help improve STAR and Accelerated Reading scores by building confidence and providing reading strategies. In addition, the STLP team created a website to provide updated data, information, and a Youtube Channel with read-alouds for students. 

Coach: Sabrina O’Bryan

Members: Aidyn Blair, Alex Marcum, Emma Ferguson, Paislee SaGraves, Carson O’Bryan, Branson SaGraves, Kendyl Scott, and Rhett Lutz

Highland Elementary

“A Recipe for Wildcat Success”

This project focused on transforming the lunchroom experience from a negative to a positive.

Coach: Latonya Rowe

Members: Jaxton Marshall and Jackson Powers

“Bow Wow Pet Bots” 

This project assisted kindergarten students with letter and sight word recognition using robotic pets.  

Coach: Latonya Rowe

Members: Julia Dials, Anna Kate Cantrell, and Ellabeth Blair

Porter Elementary

“Crushing COVID Through Kindness (CCTK)”

Focusing on kindness, students offered emotional and mental support to individuals dealing with the effects of COVID-19 through an inspirational website. Care packages and an iPad were delivered to our local hospital to support patients and caretakers.

Coach: Rebecca Caudill

Members: Jules Cochran, Zoe Roaden, Jaxon Sturgill, and Paelynn Taylor

Johnson County Middle School 

“Eagles S.O.A.R Stress Omission, Anxiety”

The project focused on helping students learn strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety in school. In addition, the team created a website that students can visit to read about various ways to overcome stress and anxiety. 

Coach:  Jennifer Smith

Members: Riley Hall, Elijah Skaggs, and Eric George

Johnson Central High School

 “Eagle Tech Podcast” 

The team designed a newsletter and corresponding podcast produced by the JCHS Help Desk students. The goal is to provide technology tips and Chromebook news to high school staff, students, and parents. 

Coach:  Andrew Castle

Members: Hailey Tackett and Samara Hughes

“Aqueous Solutions” 

This project uses automated fish farming to help solve the problem of healthy food deserts.

Coach: Andrew Castle

Member: James Russell

Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ)

Central Elementary

3D Art:  Reagan Hudson used software to create a 3D design. 

This year’s project was “Ralf,” a 3D duck designed using Tinkercad.  Reagan submitted a writing explaining the design process.

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Member: Reagan Hudson

Minecraft Team: The team created a Minecraft scene from the given instructions on a rubric. This year students created a futuristic school. (Semi-State Finalist)

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Members: William White, Reagan Hudson, Kassidy Music, Anthony Jude, and Carter Cooley

Digital Art: The student created an original artwork on an iPad.

The project was titled “Astro,” Joshua Puckett used the iPad and Apple Pencil to design and then completed a writing piece to explain the process. 

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Members: Joshua Puckett

Original Photo Essay: Students told a story using photos.

This year the theme was “Helping Others Get Christmas.”  The student told the story of shopping for Christmas for a child on the angel tree.  

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Member: Kinslee Jude

Original Photo: Students took a picture and talked about their process of capturing the photo.

Two students took a photo of something of their choosing. Then they talked about the process. Titles were “Ice-o-lation” and “Snowy Land.”

Coach: Kelli Ratliff

Members: Arizona Edward and Maddie White