Sat10252014

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St. Nicholas students designs award-winning app


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Sofi Forsman, a seventhgrader at St. Nicholas Catholic School, won recognition for designing a faith-based mobile application.

Sofi Forsman, a seventh-grader at St. Nicholas Catholic School, won the Catholic Television Network’s application creation contest for third- through eighth-grade students in the San Jose area diocese.

The diocesean schools are built on four pillars: Faith, Knowledge, Leadership and Community. The contest’s theme, “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards,” challenged students to create an idea for an app that would motivate children to live out their faith.

“The imagination and creativity reflected was beyond all expectations,” said Ron Loiacono, the network’s executive director.

Sofi won an iPod for creating the “Step Up and Serve” app, which encourages children to perform acts of kindness. She envisioned a game where the more good deeds one performs, the more points the player earns. Players can create their own caricatures and earn points for deeds such as feeding the hungry, donating items to a worthy cause, helping the elderly cross the street and picking up trash.

“I wanted to inspire people to always be thinking of ways they could help people,” Sofi said.

The network plans to develop Sofi’s app, which will be made available for download.

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