BRIDGEPORT: The town of Brookside has its own website to promote activities and provide information as part of a capstone project for a Bridgeport High School senior.
Jason “JB” Marling spent about four weeks creating a place for the people in their information technology / interactive media class.
The website was completed earlier this month and includes tabs representing government, ordinances, printable forms, a business directory, firefighters, the park board and Brookside history, as well as photographs and a event announcement. It’s the first time the village has its own site, brooksideoh.com, and it’s also Marling’s first project.
Marling said community leaders contacted the school for help and that she worked with village prosecutor Jane Weaver to bring it to fruition.
“This was a website that was supposed to be informative about Brookside,” he said, adding that he enjoyed working with Weaver. “I took out a template, put in information and added my own touch. Once we got the logo, the color scheme and the text, that’s how it all started to come together. “
Marling, son of Jason and Kim Marling of Bridgeport, plans to study high school with a history concentration this fall at Ohio University, but was pleased to learn that his work at BHS will be used over the next few years. years.
“I love knowing that my work is being broadcast to the community this way,” he commented.
Computer / interactive media teacher Jim Davenport said his class has completed a variety of capstone projects and that the latest ones include promotional media for recent high school music production. “Small Horror Store” for the young Heather Dawson; Timmy Stanton’s online advertising for Wheeling’s Sport Your Colors embroidery business; the John Tully logo for Runner’s Connection of Bellaire; and the Caleb Funkhouser junior logo for United Steelworkers number 4842.
“Every year, we do a capstone project in web design and video classes. Mrs Weaver contacted us and JB wanted to take over. “ Davenport added. “Capstone projects are real-world projects and students work with outside companies to create them with them.”
He praised Marling for his creativity and said he was a consummate professional.
“JB’s work ethic has been excellent. He has learned a lot, tries new things and does a great job ”.
Meanwhile, village leaders were impressed with Marling’s vision and creativity and said the site helps modernize Brookside’s communication capabilities.
Weaver said it arrived last year at the suggestion of board members and the class agreed to put it on the agenda this spring. He worked with Marling in person and online and said he did a fantastic job setting up the site.
“He put everything we wanted on the website with very few instructions,” added. “He was also very good at providing instructions and helped to the point of getting him into the domain. (The website) makes everything easy to do. The council reviewed it and is very pleased. “
He noted that the village had a Facebook page, but now the public can also reach officials via the new email address at email@example.com.
“It is wonderful,” concluded Mayor Rich Kurner. “It’s something that needed to be done and it’s a good tool for posting information that people with computers can consult.”
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