Gwinnett students win app competition

A Gwinnett County high school’s social media efforts are clicking with others to award-winning heights.

A six-member team of Meadowcreek High School students this month won a statewide competition sponsored by Verizon to create a mobile app that addresses a need or problem in their community. The Meadowcreek students chose teen fitness, citing research about the low percentage of American teenagers who meet suggested fitness standards.

“Teenage fitness is a popular issue. Everybody tries to focus on the issue, but we tried to do it in a different way,” said Avneet Sethi, 16, one of the Meadowcreek team members.

The app would encourage young people to exercise together and use location devices to find restaurants with the healthiest menus, and show how to measure the success of their workout routine.

Meadowcreek’s app idea is now in Verizon’s national competition. If it wins, the Meadowcreek students will work with a team at MIT who will bring their concept to life. South Forsyth Middle School won the middle school challenge in Georgia and, like Meadowcreek, is a finalist for the national title.

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The Meadowcreek students are in its Information and Technology school, which has specialized courses such as web and digital design.

Meadowcreek’s win in the Verizon challenge comes two months after being honored for a mobile app to discourage teen smoking. Currently, they’re working on an app that will allow their classmates to access their grades, extracurricular activities and email teachers.

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