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2008 Scholarship Winners

Digital Edge 2008 “Key to the Future” Scholarship Winners and Luncheon

Staten Island High School Scholarship Winners:
Matthew Bowlin – College of Staten Island High School of International Studies
Patrick Lapinski – Michael J. Petrides School
Yevgeniy (Eugene) Shteynvarts – Staten Island Technical High School

New York, NY – June 19, 2008 – An awards luncheon was held today to recognize the winners of the Digital Edge 2008 “Key to the Future” Scholarship Competition at the company’s corporate headquarters at the Teleport in Staten Island.

This year’s “Key to the Future” Scholarship was awarded to three well deserving Staten Island High School students: Matthew Bowlin of College of Staten Island High School of International Studies; Patrick Lapinski of Michael J. Petrides School; and Yevgeniy (Eugene) Shteynvarts of Staten Island Technical High School. Each student will receive a $3,000 scholarship award.

The Digital Edge “Key to the Future” Scholarship Competition was established to recognize and award extraordinary Staten Island high school students who have significant achievements and knowledge in the information technology field. This year’s competition was to design a school Emergency Notification System. The resulting system was required to notify students, parents, faculty and staff with school warning, information, or emergency messages. Notification was to be accomplished via voice or text messages on home and office telephones, cell phones, or e-mail. The competition selection criterion was based on the overall solution architecture; implementation and technology use; user interface, usability and practicality; and a final presentation.

The following joined Digital Edge in recognizing the winners:
  • Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno – Commissioner of NYC Emergency Management. Commissioner Bruno congratulated the winners and commented that “he would review their design to see what ideas he can incorporate” in the currently piloting Notify NYC system to keep New York City residents aware of incidents and what action they should take. Commissioner Bruno represented Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the luncheon, and delivered a letter from the Mayor which read in part: “On behalf of the City of New York, I extend congratulations to all of the scholarship winners on a truly commendable accomplishment.”

  • Alex Zablocki – represented Senator Andrew J. Lanza of Staten Island’s 24th NY State Senate District. Mr. Zablocki presented the award winners with certificates from the Senator recognizing their accomplishment and announced that the Senator’s office will add an additional $5,000 to the scholarship award which will be shared by the three award winners.

  • Michael Coppotelli – Chief of Staff for Staten Island Assemblyman Lou Tobacco of the 62nd Assembly District presented the award winners with certificates and informed them that the Assemblyman had their names read in to the New York State Legislative Record today in Albany.

    In addition, the following organizations and individuals joined in celebrating the winners:

  • Digital Edge
    - Irene Goltsman, VP of Operations
    - Howie Hunger, Marketing Executive
    - Christine Jackson, Manager of Administration
    - Michael Nikhamov, Chief Operations Officer

  • Telehouse America
    - Fred Cannone, Deputy Director Sales & Marketing
    - Vincent Corley, Marketing Manager

  • NYC Department of Education – Instructional Technology
    - Celine Azoulay
    - Jim McDermott

  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce – Kim Powers

  • Staten Island Community Center – Arkadiy Friedman

  • Staten Island Technical High School - Liliana Leonforte, College Advisor>

  • Michael J. Petrides High School – Carol Dennison, College Advisor

  • Family Members of the Winners
    - Mercedes Bowlin
    - Christopher Glancy
    - Michelle Glancy
    - Mackenzie Glancy
    - Marlena Burek

    About Digital Edge

    Digital Edge provides world-class Managed Services and IT Hosting Services for medium and large scale enterprises worldwide. Based at the Teleport in Staten Island, Digital Edge was founded in 1996 and specializes in supporting customers with the most stringent, mission critical application requirements.

    Key Digital Edge clients include: Bloomingdale’s, IKEA, Sprint Nextel, and Starwood Hotels. Digital Edge’s corporate headquarters are located at 7 Teleport Drive, Staten Island, NY 10311; telephone: 800-714-5143; .