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North Pole middle schoolers win national award for app design

NORTH POLE — Five students at North Pole Middle School are on their way to helping people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. They are national winners of the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge.

“What you have done is selfless service,” said Richard Sonnier, chief of Behavioral Health at Fort Wainwright, who was on hand to congratulate the group Wednesday afternoon. “That is one of the things we do in the military. You guys, at such a young age, have done that. We applaud this. Congratulations and thank you.”

Chief Master Sgt. Alvin Dyer, of Eielson Air Force Base, told the students they are doing groundbreaking work that will help people.

“Celebrate like it’s a big deal,” he said. “Because you are a big deal.”

The five seventh- and eighth-graders were among 1,800 teams that competed nationwide in the contest, which invited students to design mobile apps that would solve problems in their schools and communities.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 15, 2017