A Casper College GIS student and Natrona County Parks Employee is a first place winner in an international GIS student Competition.

"There were over a 1000 inquiries and 90 registrants for this contest from all over the world. I didn't win a national contest I won a global contest. The third place winners were from Malaysia and Spain. It still leaves me almost speechless."

Margeret Teevens took first place in the transportation division for her projects application in transportation safety in the competition put on by  Claremont Graduate University School of Information Systems and Technology.

Teevens' GIS project supports already existing 'Policy and Street View Accident Analysis', something she says can be viewed, used and added to on Google Earth.

"Obviously there's so much potential with GIS to do a lot of different projects that I thought, at this point in my life, what can I do to save lives. How can I benefit society and make a difference in the world. So I came up with a transportation project that would do exactly that."

Teevens describes her application as "intelligent GIS" that, in this case, adds to the ways an in-vehicle navigation systems can potentially save lives.

She made her trip to California to accept the prize earlier this month, which  includes $1,000 in cash and a scholarship of up to $35,000 to pursue an advance degree in geographic information systems at CGU.