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June 4, 2018

Four savvy teens win scholarships in Tyler Tech's App Challenge

Courtesy / Tyler Technologies Inc., James Chatmas
Courtesy / Tyler Technologies Inc., James Chatmas
The 2018 Maine App Challenge winners, who received scholarships from Tyler Technologies totaling $10,000, are shown here at the firm's Yarmouth headquarters with their award checks.

Four tech-savvy high school students from across Maine were selected as winners of the 2018 Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge, a contest that encourages students to develop a mobile application and create a video to showcase their app.

The winners received scholarships totaling $10,000, which were presented at an awards ceremony held Sunday at the Yarmouth office of Tyler Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TYL).

This year's winners are:

  • First place: Michael Guertler of Yarmouth High School created an app, "Crank Meter," that measures the speed of a lacrosse shot. The app calculates how quickly the shot will get to the goalie while also saving data on the user's fastest shot.
  • Second place: Tyler Hansen of South Portland High School developed "Stem Girlz," a platform game that highlights famous women in STEM. The game was created to help promote the representation of women in STEM fields.
  • Third place: Nathan Kiesman and Noble Mushtak from Marshwood High School created "Class Act." This app provides three tools to aid today's high school student: Snow Day Alarm, Math Tips and Extracurricular Forum. Snow Day Alarm will monitor school cancellations and turn off an alarm if school is canceled; Math Tips aids with math problems; and Extracurricular Forum is a bulletin board organizer that lists available after school activities.

Kiesman and Mushtak won last year's Maine App Challenge.

"We are proud to recognize the involvement our winners had this year and appreciate those teachers who instill excitement and passion for technology every day through their work," said Chris Hepburn, president of Tyler's ERP & Schools Division. "The Maine App Challenge continues to encourage today's high school students and introduce them to a future in technology. We are proud to support the winners' future education through scholarships."

This year, Tyler also awarded $500 checks to the two schools with the most submissions. This year's winners are the Maine Central Institute and Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.

The Maine App Challenge was developed in partnership with Educate Maine's Project>Login to encourage the next generation of professionals to pursue future careers in STEM-related disciplines.

For more information about the Maine App Challenge, contact MACT@tylertech.com.

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