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South Cobb student among finalists of Congressional App Challenge in 13th district


Congressman David Scott recently announced the finalists of the 2022 inaugural Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s 13th District. 

The Congressional App Challenge is designed to encourage youth participation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by providing middle and high school students with the opportunity to create their own digital application.

The program also aims to emphasize the inclusion of students from communities that are underrepresented in the technology industry.

First-place finalists will be invited to the House of Code in Washington, D.C., where they will have the opportunity to meet with other coders and program participants from across the country. Additionally, the app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.

Scott said, “Congratulations to our finalists in the inaugural Congressional App Challenge for Georgia’s 13th District. This competition was an excellent opportunity for students to engage with their peers and showcase their talents in coding and computer programming. The skillsets demonstrated by all of our dedicated participants will be sought after in the workforce, and I am glad to see so many of our exceptional students right here in Georgia’s 13th Congressional District utilizing their STEM education.”

The First Place Finalists are Shriya Chakraborti and Phillip Abraham both 11th graders at Elite Scholars Academy. Their App Submission was “Wishi.” The app was designed to be a Discord bot that hosts several games and can be played with commands native to the Discord application. Click here to watch a video tutorial of “Wishi.”

The Second Place Finalist is South Cobb High School’s Daniel Anyanwoke, who is in the 11th grade. Anyanwoke’s App Submission was “Easy Reader.”

The app was designed to be a browser attachment that applies “Dark Mode” to any website and aims to aid online reading. The app was designed using the programming language JavaScript (web). 

According to the designer, the app was inspired by the amount of time people spent looking at screens during the pandemic and their interest in making online reading easier and more accessible. Click here to watch a video tutorial of “Easy Reader.”

Additional information regarding the 2023 Congressional App Challenge is forthcoming. Please click here for updates and additional information.


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