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Samsung Announces 2011 Scholarship Winners

Press Release  |  Oct 5, 2011

High school students across America give their viewpoints on the question “Is technology critical to a live presentation? Or, is technology just a crutch?”

Ridgefield Park, New Jersey (October 5, 2011) – Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (, a market leader in document camera technology, today announced the ten high school students who each earned $1,000 scholarships. “On behalf of Samsung, it is my honor to announce the winners of our 2011 Scholarship Essay competition,” said Richard Bellomy, V.P. of Sales for the Electronic Imaging Division. “The quality of the compositions we received was impressive. We found the essays to be persuasively crafted, filled with originality, and infused with the indomitable spirit that is indicative of our youth. I would like to congratulate the ten winners and thank everyone who participated.”

Students were asked to submit up to a 300 word essay answering the question “Is technology critical to a live presentation? Or is it just a crutch?” The papers were judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality.

The ten winners for 2011 are:

Sam Blitz, Jess Schwartz Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)

John Fuller, Seneca High School (Wattsburg, PA)

Colin Jacobsen, White Bear Lake Area (White Bear Lake, MN)

Amelia Ricketts, Plainview-Old Bethpage (Plainview, NY)

Jaclyn Nguyen, Westchester Academy (Houston, TX)

Karla Dia-Hernande,z Tift County (Tifton, GA)

Alexa Suess, Greenport High School (Greenport, NY)

Joshua Yang, University City (San Diego, CA)

Natalie Roy, Franklin High School (Franklin, MA)

Garrett Montague, Chariho Regional (Wood River Junction, RI)

A few thoughts from some of the winners:

“Ultimately, nothing can ever replace that true ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality of a charismatic and captivating speaker. The truly gifted orator melds human contact and technological tools, creating a synergy of purpose and imagination, which neither can produce on its own.” -- Amerlia Ricketts

“Technology provides another element to a presentation that will ensure it is all it can be. This is why technology is no longer the advancement, or crutch, of the twentieth century but instead the norm of everyday life in the twenty-first.” -- John Fuller

“In the end, a great presentation is always about the speaker and the message. But the best speakers realize that strategic use of the tools of technology will help their message achieve maximum impact.” -- Colin Jacobsen

“In these times where most things are done digitally it’s time to change our thinking about public speaking. As long as you have an idea, and it’s spoken from the heart, this technology will not only aid you in sharing it, but will also help in changing the world through the collaboration of humankind.” -- Alexa Suess

Please visit to view all of the winning essays and to register for the 2012 competition!

These essays confirm the tremendous value that technology has in the classroom and the importance of computers, projectors, and document cameras as presentation tools. This technology enables both students and teachers to be creative with course material taking active learning to a higher level. Teachers have found that the technology helps with student participation and involvement with the lessons resulting in improved comprehension and retention, and the presentation skills that the students cultivate will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Samsung’s goal is to assure that all classrooms have appropriate technology tools such as computers, projectors, document cameras, etc., so that every student is provided the same educational opportunities – currently two-thirds of the classrooms in the United States do not have these types of learning tools. For more information about Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division and its full line of affordable and innovative document cameras, call 877-213-1222, ext. 3306 or go to About Samsung Techwin America – Electronic Imaging Division Samsung Techwin America is a market leader in document cameras for use in the education sector, ranging from K-12 to universities, courtroom applications, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. Every Samsung document camera provides the quality and innovation that has built the Samsung name- quality optics, a robust feature set, a wealth of user-friendly features, and state-of-the-art digital imaging technology. Additionally Samsung Techwin markets a full line of security products under the CCTV Division. Samsung Techwin America is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd. in Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung is the world’s 11th largest company.

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