Gilbert students win award in Verizon App Challenge

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Five students at Greenfield Junior High School in Gilbert created an app that won the Best in State Award over 1800 other entries in Arizona in the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge and now look to win nationally.  

Caleb Cook, Riley Franceschini, Jacob Goude, John Michael Holderfield and Blake Stringfellow created the app, called “Future Folder” in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

The app was created to help people provide the most key information when filling out college applications. The digital file allows users to electronically store their school and personal accomplishments from seventh grade through their senior year, so that these accomplishments would accumulate in one location, making the process of applying to a university easier.

"When we brainstormed we wrote down on a paper some of the world’s problems," Holderfield said. "One of those was it’s hard to get into a good college with the application process. So then we thought ‘Okay, well what if everything was at your fingertips on your phone,' so then we came up with Future Folder."

Brandi McMahan, STEM teacher at Greenfield Junior High, said that the app can also extend to include those who might not be filling out a college application, but any application in general. McMahan said the app features a checklist that houses the student’s certificates, extracurriculars and awards.

She said the app was entirely created by her five students, everything from the avatar to the visuals to the screen-by-screen creation.

The students took home $5,000 for their school’s STEM program, along with a Verizon tablet and case for each one of the five app creators.

The Future Folder App is now in the Verizon Nationwide Fan Favorite Contest where they compete against the other 49 state team winners for the most votes for a chance at getting their idea coded into an actual app by MIT Engineers. The students would also receive an all-expense paid trip to Orlando along with $15,000 for Greenfield Junior High School’s STEM program.

Brian Yee, principal of Greenfield Junior High, is now asking people to support his students by texting the word “FOLDER” to 22333 to vote or by visiting the contest site at

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