The evolution of technology occurs faster and faster every day and staying ahead of the curve can be a struggle, especially in the classroom.

In an effort that supports the community and the district, Kenton County School District has combined student knowledge with a growing demand for tech support.

The Student Technology Leadership Program, a Kentucky Department of Education initiative that helps students develop and enhance programs for schools and the community, has given a select group of students at Dixie Heights High School a broad range of responsibilities.

“We’re the schools’ tech guys,” says Michael Lloyd, a junior at Dixie Heights High School and member of the school’s STLP.

From printing problems to SMART boards, Lloyd and his fellow students help teachers and students alike. They’ve even setup a help desk.

“I have learned that technology is growing so fast and we’re blessed to have these kids,” says Emmalee Hill Hoover, library media specialist and Dixie Heights STLP instructor. “These kids have never known what it’s like to not have a computer and know a lot more than most adults.”

Hoover admits her grasp of technology is far less advanced than Lloyd, but her students have taught her about the growing network of tech gadgets and applications, including Vine, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The STLP team uses all the outlets to spread information and messages.

“We know they can text, we know they can type in brief phrases. We need those students who are good at social media to keep people up to date,” says Hoover.

In November, Lloyd and four other students competed in a regional competition at Northern Kentucky University. During the competition, the students set up a booth and showcased their high school help desk. They were among a host of other schools present and judged based upon their tech knowledge and how they disseminate information. At the regional showcase, Lloyd walked around the NKU Student Activities Center, tweeting and posting about the school’s performance.

“We had one of the highest scores and we were only beat by one other school,” says Lloyd.

Even the district’s superintendent has taken note of the team’s accomplishments,

“It’s just a great opportunity for these students to get involved and take a leadership position,” says Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, Kenton County School District superintendent. “This is how people operate in the real world. When they go to college or enter their careers understanding critical thinking and digital technology, they will be even more important.”

Lloyd says the team continues to improve the help desk project, while also refining their social media strategy. He’s confident the judges will receive their project with high regards when they travel to Lexington for the state competition in April.

“I think people are going to be really impressed when we show them what we have,” says Lloyd.