Press Release, Office of US Congressman Steny Hoyer
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Congressional App Challenge for the Fifth District.
Destini Brown of Gwynn Park High School won first place this year with her app, “How Are You Feeling?” Her app is a significantly-updated 2.0 version of the app she submitted last year, for which she won second place. Her app is designed to help autistic children communicate their emotions.
Gable Piatt and Stephen Zack of Calvert High School won second-place with their app, “Trash Dash,” which raises awareness about pollution and trash in the environment.
The third-place winner is “Slithery Learning” app by Austin Wilson of Gwynn Park High School. This app was designed to help students study and learn.
“I applaud each student who participated in this year’s Congressional App Challenge,” said Congressman Hoyer. “There were many outstanding submissions, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into each app. I’m pleased to announce the winners of the Congressional App Challenge from the Fifth District – Destini, Gable, Stephen, and Austin. I congratulate them and every student who participated this year.”
The Congressional App Challenge was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 as a nationwide event which invites middle and high school students from all participating Congressional districts to compete as individuals or groups up to four. Students work to create and present an original software application, or “app,” for a mobile, tablet, or computer platform of their choosing. The contest is modeled after the long-successful Congressional Art Competition and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields. Students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District were invited to join the Fifth District App Challenge, and the winning app will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winners from the nation.