Two Lancaster Mennonite High School students recently placed second and third in the statewide PA Computer Fair at Dickinson College. Lancaster Mennonite School was the only school in Lancaster and Lebanon counties to have projects advance to the state competition.

LMH senior Ian Schwabe placed third in Computer Animation category of the PA Computer Fair with “Life is a Test,” an anti-bullying cartoon voice-acted by a cast of fellow LMH students. He qualified for states by winning the local competition earlier this spring.

Another LMH senior, a previous two-time winner in the Website Design category, placed second this year behind Jonathan Cook from Boiling Springs High School. Cook studied LMH’s past winning projects to discover what it took to win. A key factor was hand-coding the website rather than simply modifying an existing website template or using web editing programs that translate simple word processing functions into code. A hand-coded website demonstrates knowledge of the underlying building blocks that make websites function.

The students received cash prizes for their work. Gary Hiller, director of marketing and communications for Lancaster Mennonite School, served as their faculty advisor.

At the middle school level, Lancaster Mennonite School was represented by the Kraybill Campus’s Justin Gibble, whose “Runaway Trash Cart” won in the Digital Movie Category at the local level to qualify for the state competition. His faculty advisor was Val Garton.