Handlettering App Wins Rep. Graves (LA-06) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Garret Graves has named a Prairieville student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Louisiana’s 6th district. Baton Rouge International School’s Melanie Morris submitted Handlettering, an app that helps people interested in hand lettering. 

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that allows for better handwriting the student replied, “Ever since I was young people always complimented my handwriting. On Youtube and Pinterest I started seeing people creating beautiful quotes and designs using all types of pens and markers. I want to help inspire people to start Hand Lettering. I believe that in order for more people to learn it is best to have all of the necessary tools in one place, this is where my app comes in.” The student hopes 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.