SPA app provides information about pre-college programs

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THROUGH the SPA app or Summer Program Application, students can learn about the various pre-college summer programs within the United States.

The app is Marianas High School’s winning entry to the fourth annual Northern Mariana Islands Congressional App challenge sponsored by the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.

The app creators are Julia Malate, programming/coder and researcher; Nan Xie, coder/programmer; and Grace Zhang, researcher. They bested other students from 15 schools.

The three MHS students will head to Washington, D.C. in spring to join their counterparts from across the nation in presenting their apps in the “House of Code” reception.

Malate said their app is “not only for high school students here in the CNMI but also for students worldwide.”

But she added that the app will not assist students in applying for a program, and is not active yet.

Once it is activated, she said the app will provide students with “information about the programs they can apply for to experience college life.”

This is the third time that MHS won the annual CNMI Congressional App challenge.

In 2017, then-MHS students Daniel Villarmero and Chenoa Bunts-Anderson won for their “Student Companion” app that provided students a set of tools to help with their studies.

In 2018, then-MHS students Ian Cataluna, Gaeun Yang, Celina Wu, and Mimi Sukano won for their app called “Health Buddy,” which promoted diabetes awareness in the community.

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