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Olde Towne Middle School students win Verizon app challenge

(L-R) Xavier Pawlak, Allen Richert, Sasha Lewis, Aiden Alsworth and Daniel Lynn (L-R) Xavier Pawlak, Allen Richert, Sasha Lewis, Aiden Alsworth and Daniel Lynn
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A team of sixth and seventh graders at Ridgeland’s Olde Towne Middle School (OTMS) have won Best in State for their entry in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge.

Team members Allen Richert, Xavier Pawlak, Aiden Alsworth, Sasha Lewis and Daniel Lynn wanted to come up with a way to reduce food waste in the cafeteria. Their concept, the Lunch-o-matic, is a multi-feature app that would allow students to select their cafeteria menu choices in advance. The app would also provide nutritional information about menu items so students with special dietary needs can select accordingly.

The competition is a nationwide contest challenging students to design mobile app concepts aimed at improving and solving societal issues in their schools and communities.

With this award, the OTMS team earned $5,000 for their school’s STEM program. Team members also received prizes.

As a Best-in-State winner, the OTMS team is now eligible to enter the Fan Favorite contest, where people from across the country vote for their favorite app concept. The team with the most votes will receive an additional $15,000 for their school to help students build their app.

To cast your vote for OTMS’s Lunch-o-matic App, simply text the word LUNCH to the number 22333. Only one vote per mobile phone is accepted. Voting is open now through February 14.

“Our app will ensure that the cafeteria prepares enough of students’ favorite meals so they don’t run out during lunch,” said sixth-grader Aiden Alsworth. “Over 40% of food in the U.S. gets thrown away, and that figure keeps climbing. That’s bad for the environment and for the budget.”

“We are proud to represent our state in this contest and would really love to win $15,000 for our school,” said team captain Allen Richert. “We hope fellow Mississippians will take a few seconds to vote and ask their friends to do the same.”

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