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Understudy, an app created by five DeLaSalle senior girls that connects students and tutors, has been named a Senior Division Regional Winner and will move on to the semi-finals for a chance to compete at the global Technovation Challenge in San Francisco.

The “Comida Club & Co.” team – featuring Erin Boehme, Celeste Cervantes, Julia Gerloff, Isabelle Paulsen, and Daryl Yap – is one of nine teams from Minnesota  – and one of only three in the senior division – that advanced during Technovation[MN]’s Appapalooza May 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A record 74 teams participated in Appapalooza, an annual competition which enables teen girls to learn entrepreneurship skills and how to code mobile apps. Teams present apps that they have imagined, designed, and built over a three-month period.

The Understudy app provides scheduling services for students who tutor and those who want a tutor using a secure login – and meets the challenge’s goal of creating apps that solve community problems.

Creators of the Understudy app joined a second team of DeLaSalle students who designed another app in pitching their work to U.S. Bancorp executives April 30 in preparation for Appapalooza. The bank sponsored the two DeLaSalle teams, among several others, and invited students to present to CEO Andy Cecere and the bank’s heads of innovation and cybersecurity as part of the U.S. Bank Challenge.

Through our school’s connections with Technovation[MN], DeLaSalle students Gabrielle Hill ‘19, Christine Ohenzuwa ‘19, and Daryl Yap ‘18 were celebrated as honorees at the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing award ceremony on April 17.  School librarian, Judith Roggow received the group’s State Educator Award at the same ceremony.