Great Minds of the Future Compete in Tech Bowl

Local students from Elementary, Middle, and High School competed recently in the 14th Annual Tech Bowl held at the Niceville Community Center.

The Tech Bowl is an Internet scavenger hunt computer competition held annually for students enrolled in Okaloosa County Schools.  Elementary and Middle school students participate in a “scavenger hunt for information” competition on the Internet. High School students also participate in the scavenger hunt, but they also compete in a computer assembly competition whereby they must assemble a computer that has been disassembled, and they are timed.

Prizes are awarded to winning team members as well as the school that they attend. Due to popular demand, student and school prizes are gift cards to Best Buy in varied denominations that range from $25 to $200.  Every student competing in the Tech Bowl who did not win one of the prizes above received a $25 Best Buy gift card.

The winners of the Elementary School Division were:
    1st Place – Edge ES
    2nd Place - Bluewater ES
    3rd Place – Destin ES

The winners of the Middle School Division were:
    1st Place – Ruckel MS
    2nd Place – St. Mary MS
    3rd Place – Pryor MS

The winners of the High School Division were:
    1st Place – Crestview HS
    2nd Place – Collegiate HS at Northwest Florida State College
    3rd Place – Niceville HS

The elementary schools that competed this year were Antioch, Baker, Bluewater, Destin, Edge, Florosa, Kenwood, Lewis, Liza Jackson Prep, Mary Esther, Saint Mary’s, Shalimar, Walker, and Wright.  Middle schools that competed were Baker, Bruner, Davidson, Laurel Hill, Lewis, Liza Jackson, Meigs, NWF Ballet Academie, Pryor, Ruckel, and Saint Mary’s.  The high schools that competed were Baker, Choctawhatchee, Collegiate HS of NWFSC, Crestview, Laurel Hill, and Niceville.

The Tech Bowl would not be possible without the help from the following sponsors:

Diamond Level
    Okaloosa County School District
    Niceville – Valparaiso Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Platinum Level
    L-3 Communications
    City of Niceville
    Cox Communications
    Jacobs Engineering

Gold Level

Silver Level
    American Athletic Uniforms, Inc.
    Comfort Suites at Eglin Air Force Base

    Bay Area Awards

Many special thanks go to:

  • The Men and Women of the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Duke Field for their time, efforts, computers, and ideas that help make the Tech Bowl possible;
  • Michael Stuart, Master of Ceremonies, for his wit, humor, time and for all the years he has been the “Official Tech Bowl Emcee”;
  • All the students and coaches – the Tech Bowl would not be here today if it were not for you; and
  • The committee members for all the hours of work put forth that allows this competition to continue.