Indiana students create apps to revolutionize ordering school lunches

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Hamilton Southeastern Schools students have created apps to try and revolutionize the way high school food is ordered.

Getting food at the Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern High School cafes is no joke.

“You could come in between passing periods and wait in line and get your muffin and be late to class every day,” Hamilton Southeastern High School student Nick Bisesi said.

Sick of long lines, two HSE students created a way to beat the backup. Fishers High School student Grayson Faircloth created the Tigers Cafe app. Bisesi developed the HSE Coffee Shop app.

Here’s how the apps work. Students select the items they want, and add to cart to complete the order. Then head down to the cafe, where they have a specific spot where you can bypass the line, see the person behind the counter, get your item and be on your way.

“When I first started I was like, ‘I can’t believe I can do something like that,’” Bisesi said. “Mine was just something I’ve been wanting to do, kind of just to see if I could do it,” Faircloth said.

Each app has been live for a month. Right now, the cafes only get five orders a day, but workers are excited about the possibilities.

“We embrace technology,” HSE nutrition and food services director Andria Ray. “We’ve really been moving forward with technology and we’re trying to incorporate that.”

The students said the apps only took days to develop. Bisesi is only a sophomore, so he’s hoping to see the app take off during his final two years.

“Ideally, it’ll keep going past when I’m gone and my club will keep running it,” Bisesi said.

Faircloth, however, is a senior. The challenge now is finding an underclassman to manage the app and keep his legacy going.

“It’s just an experience I would have never have had if I had I just decided push it aside and work on other school work,” Faircloth said.

HSE officials don’t believe ordering in class will be a distraction. The district encourages smart device use. Plus long lines can make students late, which is something this app could eliminate.

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