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After Winning Inaugural App Competition, Local High School Preps 7 Teams

A video of one of Mamaroneck High School's seven teams that have entered Friday's countywide APP design competition at Pace University.
A video of one of Mamaroneck High School's seven teams that have entered Friday's countywide APP design competition at Pace University. Video Credit: Jon Craig
One of Mamaroneck High School's seven teams looks on as another team practices its APP presentation for Friday's countywide competition at Pace University. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Judging a recent practice for Friday's countywide APP competition are, from left: Travis Sluss, Mike Samartano, Tina Pantginia, Jim Needham and Emily Dombroff. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Mamaroneck High School has entered seven teams in Friday's regional Smart Mobile App Competition competition at Pace University following last year's successful victory by a solo squad.

The second annual Westchester County competition runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. More details can be found by clicking here.

Last spring, a group of Mamaroneck High students won awards for developing an app to support patients with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their caregivers.

This year, about 50 MHS students are playing a role in the design, modification and presentation of time-saving and often potentially life-saving apps that can be used on cellphones or tablets. Most of Mamaroneck's entries for 2016 deal with apps that help senior citizens, including reminders about taking prescription medicines, making appointments, and coordinating care with home health aides or family members. Another app design allows people to develop food recipes by entering specific ingredients, food allergies or restrictions on salt, sugar, gluten or other products.

Jigar Jadav, a computer science teacher at Mamaroneck High, led the team of students during last year's Westchester Smart Mobile App Competition as reported by Daily Voice.

Last year, MHS students competed against more than 40 other teams from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. The Mamaroneck High team earned second place for the app’s usability, second place for the app’s creativity, and a third-place caregiver award that included an $850 cash award. Several of Jadav’s students also won awards at the New York State Future Business Leaders of America conference in Rochester.

Preparations for the 2016 competition was headed up by Jadav. Other MHS staff, school board members and community leaders helped judge a practice run last week including Mike Samartano, Tina Pantginia, Jim Needham, Emily Dombroff, Travis Sluss, Robert Hohn and Lee Wexler.

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