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Forum staff reports, Published February 26 2014

West Fargo students from Cheney Middle School one of top 8 winners in app challenge

WEST FARGO – A team of Cheney Middle School students has been named one of eight national winners in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, the firm announced Wednesday.

The team’s “Snap Docs” app is envisioned to convert hard-copy text documents into digital documents that can be easily edited using mobile technology, Verizon said.

The five seventh-graders, who call themselves Team Snap Docs, are all in the Cheney STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, parent and adviser Toni Stith said.

Team members are Joram Stith, Sera Blake, Haison Nguyen, Zach Milbrandt and Hunter Koehmstedt.

“The kids have all the ideas. They are great problem-solvers,” Toni Stith said.

Verizon chose four middle school and four high school winners nationally.

Being named one of the Best in Nation winners earned Team Snap Docs a $15,000 cash grant for their school. The team also earned a $5,000 grant for being Best in Region. The grants are to be used to help build the team’s app and to support or start STEM programs, Verizon said.

The West Fargo team will get app-building aid from an expert teacher and app developer with the MIT App Inventor Training Corps.

Also, each member of the winning teams will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet, Verizon said.