Seven tech-savvy students from across Maine have been selected as winners of the Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge, a contest that encourages students to develop a mobile application that addresses a need within their school or community.

The finalists shared scholarships totaling $10,000 in college saving plans. The awards were presented at a ceremony preceding the Portland Sea Dogs game Sunday, according to a news release.

First place went to Caity Gaven and Corey Stailing of South Portland High School for “SoPo Recycles,” a game that teaches users how to dispose of and recycle various items that are typically discarded in the trash.

Second place went to Andrei Lougovtsov of Yarmouth High School for “Full Circle,” which provides users a place to list and find volunteer opportunities in the community.

The two third-place winners were “PHS Eats,” by Jessica Keast of Portland High School, which helps students determine where to buy lunch in downtown Portland based on how much money they want to spend or what type of food they want to eat; and “Freeport Fitness,” by Leo O’Connor, Peter Sachs and Sam Randall of Freeport High School, which allows users to find places in Freeport to exercise and eat healthy, and helps them track their fitness.

The Maine App Challenge was developed in partnership with Educate Maine’s Project>Login to encourage the next generation to pursue future careers in STEM-related disciplines.


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