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Team Altona Wins National Title for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge

It was officially announced today that our students won Best in Nation for the Verizon App Challenge for their app, “Diction Defender.”  There are a total of four middle school national winners across the country, one for each region.  Our region includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Our winning team earned Altona $20,000 to further develop and support STEM opportunities for students.  Also, each team member received a tablet.  Over the next few months, the team will receive in-person and virtual training support from professionals at M.I.T to develop and publish their app by June 1.  The team and a guardian will present their app at the 2016 National Technology Student Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee (all expenses paid).   This a true testament to the vision our district has communicated and embarked on around providing innovative opportunities for our students.   

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