How to go! LI students win parliamentary app challenge


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Students at Garden City High School and Jericho High School were the winners of the national tournament, which challenged them to create their own apps.

Jericho High School sophomore Arunafhaku and Garden City High School sophomore James Nagler were one of about 225 winners nationwide in the 2020 Parliamentary App Challenge, an initiative of the Parliamentary Internet Corcus and the US House of Representatives. They were elected winners of the 3rd and 4th Parliamentary Districts of New York in February, respectively.

Hak’s app, titled Food Distributor, aims to help food companies arrange to pick up extra food at local shelters.

“I wanted to create an app that could recycle food and make it fresher for those who need it,” Haku said.

The Nagler app, called the Mineo La Menu, allows students to enter their daily lunch options as a way to reduce the use of paper in their orders. It is currently used at Jackson Avenue Elementary School in the Mineola School District and is supervised by Nagler’s father, Michael.

“I believe it’s the future. It’s a way of expressing my creativity,” Nagler said of technology.

Winners will view the app on the US Capitol for a year and receive Amazon Web Services credits and gift cards from Southwest Airlines.

— Michael R. Evert

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