Rock Canyon High students win Verizon app contest

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Out of more than 470 nationwide entries, 10 teams won a chance to have an app developed with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Verizon programmers. One of those teams is from Rock Canyon High School, in Highlands Ranch.

“Our students took up the challenge and came up with a plan for an app which will help people be able to donate directly to charities around the world,” said Christy Street, the school’s Tech Instructor. “These kids worked very hard as a team to take their idea from story board to concept.”

Now, the five person team will get a chance to see their idea come to life, with the help of experts.

The app is titled, CaringHands, and will allow users to give to their favorite charities online.  Users will also be able to see where their donations go and how the funds are being used.

The five students are: Adriana Maldonado, Rohan Balan, Jordan Peters, Shivani Chauhan and Deanne Apke. Each team member won a Samsung Galaxy Note Pad 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile and the school picked up $10-thousand from the Verizon Foundation.

Regional President, Chris Lewter had nothing but praise for the students, saying, “These kids have figured out how to combine social media and a way to social awareness in one app."

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