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Congresswoman Kelly Announces Winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Dec 13, 2019
Press Release

Matteson, IL - In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced David Love, a student at Kankakee High School, won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the 2nd District.

David developed an App called “Virtual ATM,” designed to serve as a virtual banking system. A video demonstrating his “Virtual ATM” app can be viewed here.

“I was truly amazed by the creativity of the students and the quality of their submissions,” said Congresswoman Kelly, co-chair of the House Tech Accountability Caucus. “I hope that participating in the App Challenge will inspire these young people to continue developing their extraordinary talents.”

This year’s participants were all freshmen and sophomores at Kankakee High School and participated under the direction of computer science teacher, Dr. Janelle Scharon. In a letter to Congresswoman Kelly, Dr. Scharon noted that this school year was the first to offer an app-based computer science course called “Project Lead the Way.” The course served as a base and an inspiration for students to participate in the CAC.

The CAC participants from the 2nd District will be recognized by Congresswoman Kelly in January. Winning apps will be displayed on the CAC’s website and on a digital display in the U.S. Capitol building.

The CAC inspires students to code in every corner of America. Participation in the challenge has grown rapidly and has actively been expanded to reach underserved, diverse and rural student populations. Since the launch of the competition four years ago, students have produced apps that address local, national and global problems. The competition is open to high school students of all skill levels. More information on the CAC can be found here.


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