Edgerton 6th Graders Named 2021-2022 State Winners in Samsung Solve Challenge

Three-Time Winning Team to Build Smartphone App in Memory of Principal Koland

We’re proud to congratulate the Edgerton sixth grade #SamsungSolve team for being named a 2021-2022 state winner. They have been awarded $6,500, half of which will be spent on Samsung technology for classrooms, and the other half on classroom supplies and other technology. This is the third year in a row that the Edgerton sixth grade students have been named state winners!

Students were asked to come up with an innovative solution to a problem. This year, Edgerton students were inspired by the tremendous community support shown around mental health challenges after the death by suicide of Principal Brian Koland. They researched how common suicide is in Minnesota and in the United States, and how too often, it is a topic that isn't talked about. 

The team will create a software application for mobile devices called “ESP” (Emotional Support Please or Pronto) that will have helpful buttons for people who are considering suicide. One button will call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that provides around-the-clock free and confidential support for people in distress. Another button will contact close friends and family members based on daily mental health assessments and will show the person’s location and allow him or her to communicate through text, Facetime, Zoom, or Google Meet with family or friends immediately. Another button will suggest positive activities and websites a person can visit in order to improve their well-being. Students will work with coding experts and with suicide prevention therapists and counselors in order to improve the app and its effectiveness. 

Working on this project has helped the students cope, grieve and support each other as classmates. The team has dedicated this project in loving memory of their principal. The Edgerton team includes Isaac Xiong, Jazzy Alexander, Josh Sekou, Logan DelCastillo, Mariah Smith, Nevaeh Thomas, Nick Finch, Nora Lo, Parker Solheid and Subash Pokhrel. Ms. Sue Collins and Ms. Laura Mittelbrun are leading these scholars. Congratulations on your creative thinking around such a serious and important topic.