Blunt Rochester Recognizes 2020 Winner of Congressional App Challenge
Wilmington, DE, February 10, 2021
WILMINGTON, DE– Today, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) announced Isha Kanchana of Newark Charter School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for the creation of the HealthMT app. HealthMT is an application designed to give users simple instructions for Basic Life Safety and first aid. Due to the record number of quality applications submitted, Rohith Maraka of Newark Charter School, Ian Wilt of Brandywine High School, and Khang Nguyen and Jack Riley of Smyrna High School, received honorable mentions for their submissions.
“Once again, the Congressional App Challenge has proven to be an excellent way to get young people interested in STEM,” said Blunt Rochester. “This year we received a record number of submissions and I was blown away by the creativity and ingenuity displayed by all of the applicants. Because of that, we not only selected a winner, but chose to recognize three honorable mentions for their excellent work. I would like to congratulate Isha for her hard work in creating HealthMT, an app that is both relevant and useful.”
The Challenge was open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience and winners were selected by a panel of judges. 308 Members of Congress from 49 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C. hosted a challenge yielding thousands of application entries across the nation this year. The winners will receive an invitation to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Coding Exposition and their apps will be featured in the U.S. Capitol, on House.gov, and the Congressional App Challenge website.
The Congressional App Challenge was officially launched in 2015 and 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 in these areas. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the U.S. invests in our youth today, so they have the needed skills that will prepare them for their careers. For more information about the Challenge, please visit: CongressionalAppChallenge.us. or call Rep. Blunt Rochester’s Wilmington Office at 302-830-2330. Students wishing to submit their apps for next year’s competition can expect the submission window to be open in summer 2021.