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Hermiston High students recognized for app that helps find missing people

Photo courtesy of Hermiston School District 8R

HERMISTON, Ore. - Two Hermiston High School juniors have created an app to help find missing people, and it's earning them some recognition.

Rogelio Lemus and Ethan Orozco won the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Oregon's District 2, the Hermiston School District announced Friday. Congressman Greg Walden's office notified the students of this honor.

Lemus and Orozco created the application, they named B.A.N.A.N.A (Basic App to Notify Authorities of Non-Authorized Abduction), which uses facial recognition technology to help find people who are missing.

B.A.N.A.N.A allows users to upload a photo of a missing person for comparison against a national database to help find loved ones, according to a news release.

The district said both students are invited to attend the House of Code in Washington, D.C. in the spring for this accomplishment.

People can learn more about the app at this Youtube video.

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