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Students from Lafayette Parish are first place winners of a Congressional App Challenge

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High school students from right here in Lafayette are the first place winners of a Congressional App Challenge.

"'Rescue Me' is an app that takes victims and volunteers of recent natural disasters and finds a way to put them together," explained Deonta Trim, a senior from Carencro High School and one of the winners of the contest.

Trim along with fellow teammates David Calais also from Carencro High, Jeremiah Willis from Acadiana High School and Marjorie Hooper from David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy are the inventors of the "Rescue Me" app.

"So that information gets shared with agencies like red cross just different federal agencies that get involved with natural disasters," said Trim.

His fellow teammate Calais continued, "and then from those agencies, the information gets dispersed to people that volunteer and then hopefully those people get help."

Although it is not in the app store yet, their project recently won the challenge for Louisiana's third congressional district, under Rep. Clay Higgins.

The students competed against dozens of other creative minds. They also got to work with mentors from CGI, a major technology company, who helped them develop the app.

"I didn't see us winning the challenge at first. I saw it as just an app that's going to go out there and people will see it and it would be a really good thing, but I didn't see us winning at first but now that we won I saw that this is something that can actually help people," said Calais.

The idea behind the app came from Louisiana's history with hurricanes and other natural disasters.

"It's more of a need and when we were brainstorming we took that into account because we wanted to make an app that helped those in need because of the recent natural disasters that happened, flooding hurricanes, not just here but everywhere else," Calais said.

The students are members of "New Vision Leadership of Acadiana" an organization that empowers at-risk youth to become future leaders.

"They're already talking about putting this on their college applications so they're already forward thinking on this whole situation. We have some children that are interested in stem sciences so this is dynamic for them it has really set them off to head into this direction that we really want them to adventure into," said Erica Williams who is the CEO of New Vision and has worked closely with these young boys.

Both Trim and Calais say they want to remain in the STEM field, while Willis says he hopes to go to law school.

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