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Upton announces Congressional App Challenge Winner

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Washington, D.C., December 13, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Kevin Wang, a student at St. Joseph High School, has won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge from the Sixth Congressional District.

Upton met with Wang at his school earlier today, where he got to see the app and discuss the importance of science and coding to 21st century careers.  

“Kevin and the app he created serve as shining examples of the talented students we have here in southwest Michigan,” Upton said. “The app that Kevin developed not only allows students to use their eBooks to continue their studies outside of class, but it also serves as a kiosk app which will lock users into their app without distractions and notifications from other sources, helping them to focus on their studies. It’s really a great idea and I’m incredibly proud of him. I’m grateful for all of the students who submitted entries, and I also want to thank our judges who helped select the winning app.

“I was studying for my final exam in biology, and I couldn't focus on my ebook without changing my music, visiting Youtube, or chatting,” Wang said. “So, I needed a way to "lock" me into my ebook, but there was no app to do that for Chrome OS at the time. There wasn't even an app for my ebook platform, and I desperately needed one. Hence, I spent the rest of the day, making the kiosk mode compatible app.”

Wang’s app will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website for the remainder of the year.

His app was selected from a number of entries from across the district. Students were invited to submit computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform, such as desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, or other devices.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

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