March 4, 2016
Contact: Yasmine Evans
Edwards Announces Winners for 2nd Annual Congressional App Challenge
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, February 26, 2016, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) hosted a reception in Suitland, MD honoring students from the 4th Congressional District of Maryland who competed in the 2nd Annual Congressional App Challenge. During the reception, Rep. Edwards announced the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, all of whom attend Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. Other local area schools participated in the 2nd Annual Congressional App Challenge, including students from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, MD and The Bullis School in Potomac, MD.
For additional information about the participants in the 2nd Annual Congressional App Challenge, please see below:  
1st Place
Michelle Marsandi
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Description: Michelle built an app using Livecode that allows the users to learn, practice, and play various musical scales on the piano.
2nd Place
Uzoma Nwanna
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Description:  Uzoma created a game to entertain touchscreen cellphone and tablet users in their spare time.
3rd Place
Fatima Siddiqui and Selim Boukabara
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
SAT Practice Maze App
Description: Fatima & Selim designed an app to help students study for the SAT complete with games and practice questions.
Other student participants include:
Anna Sava                     
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Ezechukwu Okere
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Austin Millet
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Jade Hull
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Christian Mbouwen
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
John Santotome
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Heather Babin
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Eyad Kamil & Alex Pagen
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Spot It App
Lekan Bakare
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Lawrencia Moten
The Bullis School
About the Congressional App Challenge
Established by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that invites students from all Congressional districts to compete, either individually or in a group, by creating and presenting an original software application, or “app,” for a mobile, tablet, or computer platform of their choice. The contest, modeled off the long-successful Congressional Art Competition, is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Students entering the competition submit source code along with an online video that explains and demonstrates their app and what they learned through the competition process.
Volunteer judges from the 4th Congressional District of Maryland were:
Keith Brice
Gwynn Park High School
David Burnham
Parkdale High School
Rachel Carr & Matthew Cunningham
Northrop Grumman
William Forrester
North County High School
Anthony Powell
Justin Serota
North County High School
Michael Smith
Prince George’s Community College
Sally Sullivan
Prince George’s Community College
Roderick Woodruff
Urban Video Game Academy
Bradley Wray
Arundel High School
Frank Xu
Bowie State University
For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit here.
(Left to Right) Reginald McNeil, Principal, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Cyril Pruszko, Computer Science/Technology Education Teacher, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Michelle Marsandi; Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards; and Uzoma Nwanna.