National Honor for North Pole Middle School

Submitted by Staff Reporter on 02/15/2017 - 17:37.

A group of North Pole middle school students won 'Best in Nation' in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge today.

The nationwide contest challenges students to come up with a design proposal for a mobile app concept, aimed at improving and solving issues in their local communities and schools.

The local students' app concept is called In-Reach.

It's an app that helps people with P-T-S-D log their own symptoms, while also providing access to local P-T-S-D specialists.

The team from North Pole Middle School will receive 20,000 dollars for their school, and an all- expense- paid trip to the 'Technology Student Association' conference in Orlando, Florida.

That conference is set for June 2017.

Pepsi LaMar, from Verizon Foundation in Anchorage, says she couldn't have been more proud of the North Pole middle school students who participated in the challenge: [They came] together as a group of kids... the teacher, Miss Creamer, putting [out] this idea, representing these students, and putting it out there... and really utilizing Verizon as the vehicle to make this application come to life is amazing. And also, it helps Verizon to be able to reach out to the community and allow students to be able to further their ideas, especially around the STEM programs -- the science, technology, engineering, and math."