Utah Holds Annual LearnKey Challenge for Technology Students

2008 Annual Utah LearnKey IT Challenge


Orem, UT – April 28, 2008 – LearnKey, Inc with the Career & Technical Education within the Utah State Office of Education announces the LearnKey state winners for the LearnKey Challenge.  For the second year in a row high school students have gathered at Utah Valley State College (UVSC) to test on certification subjects like Novell, Cisco, Microsoft, Linux and Certiport.  .


Top winners came from schools all over Utah.  Top scorers included Juan Diego High School, American Fork High School, and Cottonwood High School. Close to 200 students came to UVSC on Monday April 28th to compete head to head to win recognition and awards.  UVSC scholarships were awarded to the top winners as well as coveted prizes including XBOX, Nano IPOD, and other software or technology related door prizes.


“The LearnKey Challenge recognizes the ‘all-state’ stars of IT technology in Utah,” says Carl Lyman, Information Technology Education Specialist of the Utah State Office of Education, “it is important to stand behind these students who are learning the technology of today and tomorrow.”


It was a big day for many teachers and students; listening to experts from Microsoft, Novell, and Certiport about industry insights.  “This type of industry gathering is so important for the students that will be our leaders of tomorrow.  With these kids geared up and ready to go it’s really nice to see them work hard with technology and pushing themselves to meet industry standard test preparation”, say’s Jamie Franzman Chief of Operations, LearnKey, Inc.


The following schools and participates deservingly walked away with different types of awards and recognition.


American Fork High Schools

   Brent Anderson       Novell CNA        1st Place

   Walter Passi           Windows XP         3rd Place

   Ryan Rawling          Linux                  2nd Place

   Mark Roberts          Win Server 2003   2nd Place

   Bryce Tholl            Win Server 2003   3rd Place

   Blake Vandemerwe Win Server 2003            1st Place


Bear River High School

   Dakota Crandall          Windows XP   1st Place


Box Elder High School

   Daniel Prows Network+          1st Place


Carbon High School

   Jeffrey Hyer   A+ Advanced   2nd Place


Cottonwood High School

   James Clark  A+ Advanced   3rd Place

   Isaac Smith  Certiport IC3        1st Place


Emery High School

   Rebecca Lofley  Novell CNA            2nd Place

   Taylor Tanner               Novell CNA    3rd Place


Grantsville High School

John Fryer   A+ Essentials        2nd Place

John Fryer   Network+               3rd Place


Jordan Applied Technology Center

   Erick Delgado   Cisco CCNA             2nd Place


Juan Diego High School

   Daniel Davis       Linux                      3rd Place

   Alex Hicks           Cisco CCNA           1st Place

   Andrew Jolly       Cisco CCNA           3rd Place

   Evan LeForestier  Win XP                  2nd Place

   John Soklaski                  Linux                      1st Place


Salt Lake Career and Technical Center

   Jeff Brock        Network+        2nd Place

   Brendan Willis  A+ Essentials            1st Place

   Brendan Willis  A+ Advanced           1st Place


Woods Cross High School

   Bryce Blankenagel   Certiport IC3         3rd Place

   Taylor Clutter                      Certiport IC3           2nd Place

   Michael Weaver       A+ Essentials    3rd Place


LearnKey provided the industry-based testing questions. Each certification test ranged from 30-45 minutes and students are allowed to take up to two exams. LearnKey is known for preparing learners to take high-level IT certification exams and has made questions available for these students to better judge their preparation for the jobs available in the IT industry. 


About LearnKey

LearnKey, Inc. produces state-of-the-art learning courses that are delivered straight from your desktop or laptop with over 300 current courses in Information Technology, Office Productivity, Personal Productivity, Database Technology, Graphic Design, Vocational Training and K12 Curriculum. For more information about LearnKey, please visit www.learnkey.com.