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BEND, OR -- A group of SkyView Middle School students only have a few more days to rally the popular vote in the Verizon App Challenge. The team already beat out 1200 other teams to win the state title with their outdoor safety app idea, and is now in the running for the $15,000 national prize.

 

Eighth grader Grant Hillis says his team is doing their best to recruit support before the Sunday night deadline. "If you were at SkyView on Tuesday in the cafeteria, and brought your phone with proof that you voted, you would’ve gotten a free sucker and a chance to win a pizza party."

 

Principal Scott Olszewski tells KBND News the contest isn't just about the monetary prize. "The money is, of course, nice. It’s great that they’re bringing in some grant money for the school, it’s nice that they’re all getting a tablet. More than anything, though, I think what’s great about it is they went through this engineering process, identified a problem, came together as a team, collaborated, and then took it all the way to the top."

 

The team of seventh and eighth graders has until midnight Sunday night to beat the other 49 teams through text voting. View their explanitory video HERE. To submit your vote for SkyView Middle School, text “outdoorsafe1” to 22-333.
 
To hear our full conversation with two members of the App Challenge team, and Principal Olszewski, visit our Podcast Page

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