A team of students from Kell High School in East Cobb has been named Best in State winners in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge for their mobile app concept called The Breeze. The team just won a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school for creating the best app concept in their age group in the state!

As one of two winners from Georgia, the team is now eligible to win one of eight Best In Nation Awards, selected by a panel of education and industry experts, and the Fan Favorite Award, determined by public voting, to earn an additional $15,000 for their school and the opportunity to work with MIT Media Lab experts to bring their app idea to life.

To help them win the nationwide app challenge Fan Favorite award and $15K more, text BREEZE to 22333 by February 14. If they get the most votes, they win!

The students’ winning app idea was selected from more than 1,800 submissions nationwide, and was inspired by the stresses teenagers face in job hunting. The Breeze app would ease the process for job-hunting high school students by showing job openings in their area. The app would include reviews from previous employees, and would filter opportunities based on several criteria (salary rates, work hours, locations and student interests). Click HERE to see the video explaining their app.

The Fan Favorite and Best in Nation teams will present their completed apps at the annual Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June, courtesy of Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation. Their apps will be downloadable from the Google Play store.

Over the past four years of the app challenge, thousands of students have used technology and worked together to create app concepts that are addressing societal issues facing their schools and communities. By providing these kids with technology, role models and exposure to STEM-related careers, Verizon is helping them achieve a brighter future.