Mt. Ararat students win second place in Maine App Challenge

Tyler Technologies recognized the top three winning teams in the Maine App Challenge on April 27. Miles Dailey and Isaac Wright from Mt. Ararat High School (left) won second place, Violet Blum Levine from Deering High School won first place and Alex Pooler from Windham High School won third place. Photo by Whitney J. Fox Photography

Miles Dailey and Isaac Wright of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham recently won second place in Tyler Technologies' 2024 Maine App Challenge with their app PlanPal, a tool that helps students stay on top of their assignments. First place went to Violet Blum Levine of Deering High School with her app PTConnect, a system for easily scheduling parent-teacher conferences; and Alex Pooler of Windham High School took third place with his app Good Morning Class, an interactive check-in app for elementary school teachers and students.

The winners received scholarships totaling $10,000 toward 529 college savings plans, which were presented at Tyler's awards ceremony April 27 at the University of Maine System Maine Center in Portland. The annual competition offers Maine high school students the opportunity to explore the world of software design and development through the development of a mobile application.

“We are proud to recognize these talented individuals in this year’s Maine App Challenge,” said Chris Webster, president of Tyler Technologies’ ERP & Civic Division, in a prepared press release. “We hope this competition continues to inspire these students to pursue a career in STEM in the future. Maine companies, including Tyler, would welcome the talent of these bright students.”

Similar to last year, Tyler Technologies collaborated with the Foster Center for Innovation at the University of Maine to host a series of free workshops for students to help brainstorm, prototype and test their applications. The company has also partnered with the University of Maine on the Fundamentals of Innovation course (INV121), which is available online to high school students as a starting degree and allows them to earn college credit while using an app -Design submission for the Maine App Challenge.

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