Paradise Valley teens win AZ Code Challenge with app creation

Laura Lu, on left, with Ariana

Laura Lu, on left, with Ariana Sokolov, (Submitted photo)

Paradise Valley ninth graders, Ariana Sokolov and Laura Lu, won the AZ Code Challenge on July 24.

The Great Arizona Code Challenge is an opportunity for programmers at any level to hone their skills and share in the enjoyment of competition and creation, according to a press release.

Ms. Sokolov and Ms. Lu competed against other high school peers, including teams from Brophy and Basis. According to the release, the girls developed an app for Arizona Brain Food, a non-profit organization that provides free backpack lunches to kids over the weekend who quality for free lunch.

Prizes included a $40,000 scholarship to the University of Advancing Technology, gift memberships to TrakLite, a drone, and a plaque, among other things, stated the release.

Ms. Sokolov and Ms. Lu have decided to form a company dedicated to helping non-profits by building apps for them, the release stated. The girls have already met with Arizona Brain Food to refine the app they developed and make it more useful to the organization.

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