W-JCC students win app contest, try for national award

The Virginia Gazette
Text mathio2 to 22333 to help four W-JCC students win national award

Five Williamsburg-James City County Schools students were named the Best in State winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

They are now asking for support to win the national Fan Favorite award.

David Thames and Tim Felbinger, both students at Jamestown High School, and Josh Peterson, Dominic Abbondanzo, Noah Miller, of Lafayette High School, attend the Governor's School for Science and Technology, in Hampton, and are on the school's programming team.

The team of students developed a cell phone app for high school students called Math-IO that can be used for basic high school math, as well as other uses, Felbinger said.

"The possibilities with this application are endless," said Felbinger during a recent interview. "We hope to be able to make it into a real application."

Winning the state award netted team members a $5,000 prize for the governor's school and a LG G pad tablet for each student.

After winning the state prize, the team is now in the running for a nationwide prize. Its winner will receive $15,000, in-person training with an Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master Trainer to turn their app into a working one. They would also win an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to the national Technology Student Association conference in Nashville this summer.

"We want to give teachers, students, and the wider community a chance to choose a national winner of the app challenge, and that's why we created the Fan Favorite award this year," said Verizon App Challenge organizers in a news release.

Voting for the favorite national app runs until Jan. 31, and is done through text messaging.

To help the four W-JCC students win the national Verizon Innovative App Challenge Fan Favorite award, cast your vote by texting mathio2 to 22333.

Reach Canty at (757) 345-2341.

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