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Tri-Tech Students Headed to Washington, D.C. to Present App

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Tri-Tech Students Headed to Washington, D.C. to Present App Tri-Tech Students Headed to Washington, D.C. to Present App
KENNEWICK, WA- A team of Tri-Tech students are on their way to the 5th annual White House Science Fair in Washington, D.C. 

It began when the team of students were recognized as 1 of 4 National Verizon Innovative App Challenge winners for their app, Safe&Sound. 

The students came up with the idea after the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last October. The app would connect teens to resources like hotlines and prevention services to help them deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. But their success didn't stop there. 

The award-winning idea landed them the opportunity to present their app to President Obama next week.

This is the first time a group of students from Kennewick has earned such an honor. 

We spoke with Verizon Wireless, Public Relations Manager, Scott Charlston, who told us about the impact this app will have.

"Some of the best apps really come from the users, the people who in this case truly were touched by the tragedy of Marysville... who decided that there was maybe a better way to get kids engaged and interacting," said Charlston. 

Verizon also gave Tri-Tech a $20,000 grant to invest in STEM curriculum, along with Galaxy tablets for the winners.  

To follow the students' journey, click here.


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