MILLINOCKET, Maine — A student’s choice, a Bay State software company’s beneficence and the New England Patriots’ explosive offense will land five new computers on desks at Stearns High School next month, school officials said Monday.
Thanks to Stearns junior Jeremy Tinkham’s winning entry in its Touchdowns for Technology program and New England’s 38-7 blowout of the Miami Dolphins in Miami on Jan. 2, Kaspersky Lab will donate the Dell computers with full Kaspersky programming suites to the school, a company representative said.
Tinkham entered the contest through WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub of Boston because one of his teachers recommended that he and other classmates do so.
“I think it was awesome,” Tinkham said Monday of the contest. “I really didn’t think I would win. I don’t win contests a lot. I think it was a really good thing.”
The Massachusetts-based computer software company sponsors the giveaway program. Each week during the regular New England football season, one school from the list of entries chosen receives a computer for every touchdown the Patriots score in that week’s game, according to touchdownsfortechnology.com.
As the winning entrant, Tinkham also will receive an autographed team jersey from Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, plus three tickets to a kicking clinic Gostkowski will hold in March.
Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Smith and the school’s technology guru Larry Michaud were pleased and surprised to hear of the computer company’s program.
“We hope that light bulbs go on in the heads of other kids and they have the same response that he did,” Smith said of Tinkham. “Generosity goes over very big with us right now. Anything that helps reduce our expenses will go a lot farther now than it did 10 years from now.”
Michaud said he doesn’t know exactly where the new computers will go, but promised that students will make good use of them. The school has about 100 personal computers of various types, including 46 used in rolling computer laboratories and 36 in a stationary lab and the school media center, he said.