Students from two Carroll County high schools were winners at the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Celebration (MAGIC) Hackathon 2020 at Carroll Community College.

Hackathon 2020 was an intense weekend of planning, creating, and presenting app ideas. The event was designed for high school to college age students interested in app development, graphic design, business, and/or marketing. Teams of 2-5 high school and college students from across Maryland competed to see who could build the best application.

Jon Allen, a junior at Manchester Valley High School, and Isaiah Baptiste, a ninth grader at Liberty High School, were part of the four-member team that won Best Overall for developing an app called Student Pulse. This app provides students an anonymous space to ask for help and would be connected to the respective school, administrators, staff, and counseling services. The intention of the app is to give students a feeling of comfort and confidentiality when approaching obstacles that are not directly academically related. The app would facilitate more effective and private plans of action between a school’s staff and their students.

Devin Johns, a tenth grade student at Manchester Valley High School, was a member of the Best Tech winning team. This team created an app entitled BitApprentice, an apprenticeship search engine that helps young cybersecurity professionals find their way into the field. The app connects cybersecurity firms with fresh talent in regards to location, the type of internship, and more. The students who created this app were looking to address the high barrier of entry for young talent trying to enter the cybersecurity workforce.



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