AUGUSTA — Winners of the Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge were announced during the opening ceremony of the Maine Robotics EXPO held Dec. 12 at the Augusta Civic Center.


• James Newkirk, a junior at Telstar High School in Bethel, received first place for his project, “Edible Bethel,” which provides users with access to a network of free and healthy organic vegetables in Bethel.

• Collin Clark, a junior from Oak Hill High School in Wales, placed second for “Clark Planner,” a resource that allows students and teachers to organize assignments by course, alerting them when an assignment is due.

• Isaac Bell, a freshman from Kents Hill High School in Kents Hill, and Luke Bartol, a freshman from Maranacook Community High School in Readfield, tied for third place for their project, “BIT Planner,” a planning app that allows students to add and prioritize assignments quickly.

The four finalists who designed, created and presented functional mobile applications for the challenge received scholarships totaling $10,000 as part of a college savings fund.

In partnership with Educate Maine’s Project>Login, the Maine App Challenge provides high school students with the opportunity to develop a mobile technology that addresses needs within their school or community. The challenge aims to advance Educate Maine’s goal of encouraging the next generation of professionals to pursue future careers in STEM-related disciplines.

“Tyler Technologies is extremely excited about the success of the first Maine App Challenge, which is designed to introduce and promote technical skills to high school students who, perhaps, haven’t considered technical careers as a potential path,” said Chris Hepburn, senior vice president of Tyler’s ERP and School Division. “We plan to hire 500 new employees over the next 10 years, and we join many Maine companies who rely on our future generations for continued success. The three winning apps developed for the first Maine App Challenge are the result of talented and motivated students who created great apps while furthering their understanding of the skills needed in the market today. We are excited to invest in the continued education of these students by contributing $10,000 in total App Challenge prizes to the winners’ 529 College Savings plans.”

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