Carroll County Middle School placed in the top 10 for showcase projects at Kentucky's Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship last month.

The middle school students presented the project "Run for UR Life" during the event held in Lexington, Ky., on March 28. Carroll County Middle School earned a gold school rating for their achievements during the competition.

Nearly 5,000 students from across the state competed in the event to show what they know and can do with technology in the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and other marketable career skills, a Kentucky Department of Education press release said. Nearly 400 schools and 100 school districts were represented during the state championship.

The showcase projects featured community service and instructional projects, as well as projects that demonstrated a specific technical expertise in the use of hardware, software or STEM topics. Projects were judged on creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, in addition to critical thinking, problem-solving and research among other criteria, the release said.

Only the top three schools named best in state - South Christian Elementary in Christian County, Maurice Bowling Middle School in Owen County and West Jessamine High School in Jessamine County - will represent Kentucky at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in San Antonio in June.