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Ruppersberger Announces Winners of 2017 High School “App Challenge”

Dec 11, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced that an all-girls team of students from Randallstown High has won his fourth-annual high school “App Challenge.” The academic competition, which is open to all high school students in Maryland’s Second Congressional District, requires students to create an original software application for mobile, tablet or other device on a platform of their choice.

The winners – Aaliyah Philippe-Auguste, Re'Niya Avery, Saniya  Holmes and Adaora  Umeadi – created an app called “Health Care 4 U” that teaches users medical terminology through an interactive matching game. Over the course of several months, the 10th grade students learned computer coding, designed graphics, developed music and created a marketing and advertising plan for their game. Contest participants were required to submit a video demonstrating and explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. You can see the winning team’s video here.

“I am particularly proud that this year’s winners are all women, who are historically underrepresented in STEM industries,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Their creativity and technical expertise is remarkable and I see bright futures ahead for each of them.  If they are any example, our community will be generating impressive talent that will help our country innovate and create jobs.”

The contest is part of a national effort established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation. Winners from across the country will be invited to showcase their apps to Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits.