WTHS Student Wins Top Project in State

WTHS Student Wins Top Project in State
Posted on 06/01/2021

Newark, MD, June 1, 2021– Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) student Brennen Morris's entry into the 2021 Maryland Mapping competition, Are We Protected?, has been named the top High School Project for the State of Maryland. The project looks at the drive time between a police station and various areas it serves with maps highlighting the different timing results. Brennen developed this project as a part of WTHS's GIS (geographic information systems) program.

Brennen was presented with his award by Ryan Mello and Cathy Cooper on behalf of Mapping Maryland Competition on May 27th at Worcester Technical High School. 

Brennen is a junior at Stephen Decatur High School and enrolled in both GIS and Criminal Justice at Worcester Technical High School. While he doesn’t have set future goals yet, Brennen has expressed interest in the field of crime justice and wanted to choose a project related to that topic. He is currently in his final capstone class for GIS and has partnered with the Worcester County Sherriff’s office to create maps of calls for service from the past three years.
Brennen will also receive $100 from Esri, the GIS company sponsoring the competition. Are We Protected? will now move on to the ESRI National Competition, which will be announcing winners on June 1, 2021. 

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About Maryland Mapping Competition
Throughout the competition, students investigate an issue or story focused within Maryland and create a map-centered project to inform their readers. Students analyze, interpret, and present date via an ArcGIS story map or web app. Entries are to be original work by middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students. Maryland judges award $100 prize for up to five middle school awardees and up to five high school awardees. The projects of the awardees will be forwarded to the competition sponsor (ESRI) and one in each grade band will be tagged to compete for the national award. 

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