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Centennial teams wins best overall app at SPARK ceremony


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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

Centennial High School Students Jiaqui Wu, Left, Kylee Burgess, Center, And Mikayla Whalen, Right, Recently Received Two Awards From The SPARK App League For A Mobile App They Created For The Town Of Gilbert’s Fire And Rescue Department. The Awards They Received Are: First All-Girl Team To Submit An App And Best Overall App. Photo Courtesy Of Peoria Unified School District

Centennial High School students Kylee Burgess, Jiaqi Wu and Mikayla Whalen recently received two awards from the SPARK App League for a mobile app they created for the Town of Gilbert’s Fire and Rescue Department.

The awards they received are: First All-Girl Team to Submit an App and Best Overall App.

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Centennial High School students Jiaqui Wu, left, Kylee Burgess, center, and Mikayla Whalen, right, recently received two awards from the SPARK App League for a mobile app they created for the Town of Gilbert’s Fire and Rescue Department. The awards they received are: First All-Girl Team to Submit an App and Best Overall App. Photo courtesy of Peoria Unified School District

SPARK stands for Schools Participate in App Resource and Knowledge and it is a joint initiative between Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic and the Town of Gilbert, Arizona.

The students, registered as Team #2 – Hip Hip Arrays, received plaques and were congratulated by the Mayor of Gilbert, the Director of Human Resources at Intel, the Town Manager and the Fire Chief along with Fire and Rescue personnel.

Burgess, Wu and Whalen are all enrolled in the Advanced Software Development class at Centennial High School and they attended the SPARK kickoff by invitation from ASU. The three students chose to complete the app as their software development project.

SPARK is intended to provide recognition to high school software developers to “SPARK” their innovation in creating real-world applications that utilize Town of Gilbert data sets.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.”