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Creighton Prep team wins IT contest

An information technology team from Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha created a computer application for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and took first place in an IT Innovation competition.

The Creighton Prep team, sponsored by teacher Melanie Nuffer, defeated four other Omaha-area high school teams to capture the IT Innovation Cup and $2,000 for the school in the April 15 competition at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

A team from V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha placed second.

The competition, sponsored by UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology, asked competitors to construct technological assistance for people with disabilities.

"Last year through my Christian Service Learning course, I worked with a student who had ASD," said Robbie Morrissey, a senior and Prep’s team leader. "As the team started to plan for our project, I thought a lot about what we could do to help him and others like him."

Other winning team members: seniors Alex Barrier, Robert Grebl and Dan Ritter and juniors Connor Morris, Peyton O’Neal and Nathan Skalka.