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Dec. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

App challenge seeks bright students

Technology has radically altered how we work and play, and businesses must continuously evolve to meet consumers' needs. To succeed, businesses need a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, or "STEM," fields.

To help meet this demand, an innovative competition is underway to stimulate students' creativity and innovation in these fields. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge gives teams of middle- and high-school students a chance to create, develop and bring to market their own app. The app must solve a local school or community issue.

This year's competition will reward eight winning schools with $20,000 grants, as well as tablets for each student team member. These winning teams also will work with professionals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Verizon to help build their apps and bring them to market on the Google Play store, respectively.

The first App Challenge in 2012-13 saw teams from more than 470 schools submit app concepts from every state and Washington, D.C., with more than 5,000 students engaged in the program.

The 2013-14 Verizon Innovative App Challenge is open for submissions until Dec. 17. For more information or to submit an app concept, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.

Harry Mitchell

Charleston

Obamacare seems like a bad penny

Today, a Friday, a day I generally looked at, before retiring, as a day of weekly work completion, I completed an accumulation of trash mail and the process of "waste basket" disposal.

Over the years, I'm sure all of us have experienced this joyful experience, but how many have wondered when this barrage of foolishness will come to an end.

It's much like the increase of our TV sound volume during commercials. We all complain, but it persists.

Now we have Obamacare and just like a bad penny, it's going to bite all of us on the rear, as the liberals and low-information voters laugh all the way to the "FREE STUFF" government and idiocy will provide.

Is this a great country or what?

Carlton Toler

Huntington

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