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The Thinkquest team consists of three students: Gary Gong, Ahundova Fidan, and Jaime Werner. The team conceived and completed the project over the span of one year for the Thinkquest international learning festival. Thinkquest is a festival celebrating the use of technology in the classroom.
Senior at Ukiah High School
Ukiah is located in northern California, which is located about 120 miles north of San Francisco. I have the customary hectic schedule of a high school senior, with Advanced Placement courses, maintaining a high grade point average, playing the violin in the Ukiah Youth Symphony, and studying piano works and music theory. Other than music and the performing arts, I am also interested in computer and Internet technologies. While most of this new technology is new for me, I enjoyed experimenting and learning about PHP and MySQL web database programming for this site. I have chosen to attend the University of California at Berkeley for the Fall of 2000, and am looking forward to progressing further with my aspirations in life.
Senior at School 160
I live and attend school in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In terms of computer access, BP Amoco (the oil company) donated many computers to my school last year, and we just got Internet access as a result. So I use both computers and Internet at school as well as in the Internet café to work on this website. I am a senior now, which means, of course, that I do not have any free time. I am getting ready to take an entry exam to the medical school, but when I have free time, I love to read and draw. I believe that I am a good painter, after taking some drawing classes for couple of years, so I think I am somewhat professional.
Junior at Dunn High School
Dunn School is located in a rural agricultural area of southern California called Los Olivos. It is about 35 miles north east of Santa Barbara. Dunn is a boarding school for students 9th through 12th grades, which I have been attending for a year and a half. It is a college-prep school with an emphasis on structure and sports. I live, study, and work in a traditional-style dorm with my roommate and 48 other girls. The dorm does not a phone or Internet connection, which forces me to walk across campus to do research and stay in touch with friends. Between school, sports, homework and informal peer counseling I find little time for any outside activities. Out of my busy day, I try to squeak in time for the things I enjoy. I serve on school-related committees, edit a literary magazine, participate in alumni outreach, and take part in a book club discussion group, as well as putting in time for ThinkQuest.