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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 12/11/2018, 1:06 p.m.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on Monday recognized the participants of the 30th Congressional District of Texas’ 2018 Congressional App Challenge at a reception she hosted for the students and their families.
More than 100 middle and high school students, who attend schools within District 30, participated in the competition that focuses on developing science and technological innovation in youth.
More than 55 apps were built and submitted by participating students. The winning app, named “EZ Voter,” offers voters and constituents an easier method to communicate with their representatives on specific issues under consideration in Congress. Skyline High School student Stephen “Dodge” Suprun designed and submitted the app which won first place.
“This App Challenge is one of many efforts I put forward to engage our young people and encourage them to pursue their future dreams, but it is unique. This is the one program that serves as a platform for the youth to create practical solutions to challenges we face at this very moment,” Johnson said. “This is why I am delighted to recognize each one of you today, for your imagination and innovation. If you all continue to carry the same determination and passion for science, your horizons are limitless.”
The apps were graded on several factors, including aesthetic appeal and ease of use, by five judges who work in the science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields in Dallas/Fort Worth.
“Remember Me – Alzheimer’s Helper” and “Sonia Learning Center” were awarded second and third place, respectively, and were recognized at the reception hosted at Per Scholas, an information technology school that offers training and professional development courses.
The Congressional App Challenge is a component of Congresswoman Johnson’s efforts to connect with the youth and expose them to better personal and professional opportunities.
She also hosts the Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue, the Math and Science Lecture Series and the Youth Crime Prevention Summit each year.