PHS students recognized by governor, congressman for winning app

Staff Report

PINEVILLE – A group of Prestonsburg High School students developed their own iPhone app and won big.

On Friday, four Prestonsburg High School students and their IT instructor were honored at Pine Mountain State Park. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers, in addition to a large crowd of key government officials, were in attendance. The PHS students received an award and Apple watches during the ceremony. Also, the student’s app will be displayed as the winning app in Washington, D.C. for one year.

Blake Ratliff, Michael Shepherd, Jonathan Dotson and Jacob Pitts created the Kentucky College and Career Readiness Pathway app. The app keeps high school students on track to successfully attaining Kentucky CCR status.

“We could not be more proud of these four future technologists,” PHS IT instructor Jeff Shannon stated. “They are excelling in an area of technology that is accepted by the entire nation as to be relevant and cutting-edge. Our students represented Floyd County Schools with great maturity and demonstrated excellent education technology leadership abilities.”

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