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Community Favorite Winners: YCL Spring 2019

The support of their school helped St. Paul Lutheran School bring home first place in the Community Favorite category with Amelia Wilson, Faith Dreyer and Emily Sander’s “Food Vacation Project,” an interactive project that involved artwork uploaded by the students. These Youth Coding League players were awarded cash and Chromebooks! (Pictured). Eagle Ridge Christian School's Kaylee Mason and Gracen Thompson won second place with their Lilac Attack project and received Chromebooks. Delta Elementary School, new to the league this spring, won third place with Rylan and Bryce’s “CS is the Bomb” and have shiny new Specdrums to learn from and enjoy. Technical Merit champions “Cats” from St Vincent De Paul Elementary School took home the fourth slot in the Community Favorite category as well as Tinker Crates. These winners made it through a playoff round where one project from each school won the chance to represent their school as a whole in the Championships. Community Favorite prizes were awarded to the projects that garnered the most votes. A big round of applause to our hard-working winners who won votes, hearts, and minds during the Championship round! See their winning projects here:
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Technical Merit Winners: YCL Spring 20109

Our Spring 2019 Technical Merit winners were judged by a group of local developers who looked for complexity of code and a good illustration of skills learned throughout the Music & Sound curriculum. "Cats" by Nathan Harris, Sahil Khot and Matthew Austin from St Vincent De Paul Elementary School took home a 4-foot-tall 1st Place trophy as well as cash and Chromebooks for their project that integrated game design with music (pictured). Coming in 2nd place with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and winning Chromebooks was Scott County Central's Leona Rodriguez, Lainey Glueck and Jamie Duck. "Music Creator" by Gustavo Andrade and Grady Warren from Prodigy Leadership Academy took home 3rd place and Specdrums, coding learning tools that use colors and sounds. Nell Holcomb School's John Dickerson, Mark Richey and Rylen Bell won 4th place with their "Jumper" project, and each player earned a Tinker Crate. Many congratulations to our Technical Merit winners! View these projects + more top technical projects here:
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Most Improved Winners: YCL Spring 2019

Each school had the opportunity to select one student who showed the Most Improvement throughout the Spring 2019 semester. These players earned Tinker Crates for their dedication to learning to code and their Youth Coding League team. Well done to our Most Improved students, you all showed so much heart and determination! Central Middle School: Ellanna Hale, nominated by Mr. Bradshaw Delta Elementary School: Brendon Bond, nominated by Mrs. Rosanna and Mrs. Rush Eagle Ridge Christian School: Graden Thompson, nominated by Mrs. Martin Kelso C-7 Elementary: Brandon Wyatt, nominated by Mrs. Schiwitz and Mrs. Schubert Meadow Heights Elementary: Thomas Sandler, nominated by Coach Cook (pictured) Nell Holcomb: Dylan Craig, nominated by Mrs. Lynn Oak Ridge: Grant Meyer, nominated by Mr. Carter Prodigy Leadership Academy: Josie Panice, nominated by Mrs. Albertson Richland R-1: Addyson Williamson, nominated by Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Scott County Central: Audrina Kincaid, nominated by Mrs. Crites Kelly Middle School: Janet Woods, nominated by Mrs. Dodd and Mrs. Houston Sikeston's 5th & 6th Grade Center: Evelyn Walton, nominated by Mrs. Howe St. Henry School: Owen Lin, nominated by Mrs. Miller St. Paul School: Gradon Ruehling, nominated by Ms. Leible St. Vincent de Paul: Lillian Michael, nominated by Mr. Michael Trinity Lutheran School: Maggie Hillin, nominated by Mrs. Pensel Check out the curriculum these players worked through at the link.
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Spring 2019 All-Star Party a Big Success

The Spring 2019 All-Star Party on May 1 was a big success, with over 700 Youth Coding League players, coaches, school administrators, family and friends showing their support of their YCL team. Central High School in Cape Girardeau hosted the party that included pizza, coding demos, a scavenger hunt and the big reveal of the winners. Stay tuned to find out who took home big prizes! Get a look at the Spring 2019 Youth Coding League teams at the link:
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Spring 2019 Championship Voting Open

Cast your vote for which project will take home 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place prizes in the Community Favorite category - voting is live now through April 29 at noon! Click the link to see all of the projects and vote.
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Regular Season Top Scoring Players

The regular season sprints have wrapped up and the scores are in. Top scoring students worked hard all semester long to accrue points throughout 8 different sprints of Google's CS First Music & Sound curriculum, and that hard work showed in their outstanding final individual scores for the regular season. We are so proud to announce the top four places for the regular season scores for Spring 2019: 1st Place: Stevey, Scott County Central, 474 points 2nd Place: Ellianna, Scott County Central, 468 points 3rd Place Tie: Mallory and Skyler, Scott County Central, 466 points 4th Place: Chariti, Delta Elementary, 465 points. Students were awarded cash and medals at assemblies put on by their schools, Scott County Central Elementary and Delta RV Schools. Way to go Stevey, Ellianna, Mallory, Skyler and Chariti! SCC students Stevey, Ellianna, Mallory, Skyler and their YCL Coaches Mrs. Crites and Mr. Frazier are pictured. View all regular season individual scores at the link.
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Coding Camps Offered this Summer

Youth Coding League players can continue to hone their computer science skills this summer at Coding for a Cause: Healthcare, a youth coding camp that covers the building blocks of web and mobile app development such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, user experience design, and more. Campers will be able to practically apply these concepts towards a healthcare-related problem they will solve using technology. Sound like fun for incoming 6th, 7th or 8th grader in your life? Sign them up at the following link!
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Governor Mike Parson observes Richland R-1 Sprint

Governor Mike Parson and his wife recently observed a Youth Coding League sprint at Richland R-1. Click through to see 5th grader Addyson show her progress and other images from the visit.
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Awareness

Youth Coding League Players are scored on six different attributes each week, and one of these attributes is Awareness - did the player answer that sprint's discussion questions at all, did they do so minimally, or did they do so thoughtfully and fully? A Delta student earned a perfect score during Sprint 3 for their exceptional answers to the discussion questions. Take a look and check out their Musical Art project at the link!
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Sprint 2 Perfect Scores

Youth Coding League players are working through Google CS First's Music & Sound Curriculum this Spring, and for each piece of the curriculum they complete they can earn up to 60 points. This competitive element is part of what makes the Youth Coding League so unique, and each players score contributes to their team's standings. Head over to our Facebook page via the link to see three perfect scores from Sprint 2!
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Spring 2019 All-Star Party Date Announced

Mark your calendars! The Spring 2019 Youth Coding League All-Star Party will take place on Wednesday, May 1 at Cape Girardeau's Central High School. Details to come! Get the scoop on last semester's hard-working winners at the link.
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Players Dive into Sprint 2

Youth Coding League players are getting to work on Sprint 2 this week as they create a dance party animation. Players will be introduced to "forever" coding blocks and will learn how to make a character look like they're dancing using different blocks of code. Click on the link to check out an example project!
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Spring 2019 Roster Live

The Spring 2019 roster is live, and we are thrilled to have 17 Southeast Missouri middle schools on board for a semester of coding competition! Click the link to see which schools are joining in to learn how to code this spring using CS First's Music & Sound curriculum.
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Spring 2019 Curriculum: Music & Sound

Spring 2019 Youth Coding League players will work through Google's CS First Music Sound curriculum, learning basic coding skills and fundamentals of music, sound mixing and more. Click for a sprint-by-spring breakdown of what players will learn this semester.
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Inaugural Semester of the Youth Coding League Wraps up

Find out who took home Community Favorite, Technical Merit and Most Improved prizes in the very first semester of the Youth Coding League!
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