Walorski Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional App Challenge
Plymouth High School Student’s App Will Be Showcased in U.S. Capitol
PLYMOUTH, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today congratulated Plymouth High School senior Kobe Johnson, the winner of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Indiana’s 2nd District. Kobe’s winning smartphone app, “Homework Helper,” will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol among other winners from across the country.
“Congratulations to Plymouth High School’s very own Kobe Johnson on winning the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Indiana’s 2nd District!” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Kobe’s hard work exemplifies the Hoosier ingenuity and innovative spirit that bring prosperity and opportunity to our communities. By encouraging young Hoosiers to develop vital STEM and computer-based skills, we can ensure our workforce is better prepared to take on a leading role in the economy of the future.”
“Creating apps help prepare them for life after high school with future studies and or a possible career in computer science. App design challenges have been one of the most accessible ways for my students to document and broadcast their programming proficiency,” said Plymouth High School computer science teacher Lindsay Moore. “I am really proud of Kobe and his abilities. We worked very closely with the Plymouth Community School Corporation IT department to ensure he had access to the development tools he was most comfortable using. I believe Kobe only had a week to program his submission before the deadline once we were able to get his computer setup.”
Congresswoman Walorski paid a surprise visit to students in a computer science class at the Weidner School of Inquiry at Plymouth High School to announce the winner and present the first place certificate to Kobe. This week marks Computer Science Education Week.
High school students from across Indiana’s 2nd District submitted entries in the nationwide computer science competition. Launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity recognize achievements of young people in STEM and showcase the importance of computer-based skills for middle and high school students. Students submit computer programs or smartphone apps written in any programming language, with a winning entry selected in each congressional district. This is the first year Indiana’s 2nd District has participated.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.