Appalachia Opioid Prevention Wins Rep. Roger’s (KY-05) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Harold Rogers has named four Dana students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Kentucky’s 5th district. Prestonsburg High School’s Samuel Carroll, Bobbie Fisher, Nathaniel Curnutte and Jenna Louis submitted Appalachia Opioid Prevention, an app designed to give information to prevent opioid overdose situations and addiction in the Appalachian Region.

When asked why they were passionate about creating an opioid prevention app the students replied, “We often discuss the dangers of using opioids in school, and see a lot about it in the news and in current legislation. We wanted to be apart of that movement to find a solution to ending opioid addiction.” They hope to encourage other students to better their communities by using their computer science skills.  

Over 10,000 students registered for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 2,177 functioning apps, marking the end of the most successful Congressional App Challenge to date. All told, 304 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 48 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.