SLHS junior develops winning app

Mason Wolters’ interest in creating a sailing app is taking him to the West Coast.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 10, 2013

The Spring Lake High School junior this spring entered a contest sponsored by Apple Inc. to create an iPhone application similar to a virtual resume. Contestants had one week to use their coding skills to create an app describing who they are, previous work, education, technical skills and interests.

In the end, the company selected 150 students to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

“I saw it and I thought, ‘Whoa, I could probably win one of those,’” said Wolters, 17.

Wolters said he spent about 40 hours working on the app during the week-long competition. He stayed up until 2 a.m. on one school night to work on it.

Last summer, the teen began teaching himself about computer programming because he wanted to make an app to keep track of scoring during sailing competitions. Wolters said he’s still working on the sailing app because it’s grown "from simple to complex."

His parents, David and Terri Wolters, said they're proud of their son’s accomplishments, especially considering he had a lot going on during the week of the competition.

“I’m not that challenged in school,” Mason Wolters said. “It’s fun to be challenged.”

After graduation next year, he plans to study computer science at Stanford or another prestigious university.

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