WVHelp4Teens Wins Rep. Mooneys (WV-02) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Alexander Mooney has named four Charleston students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in West Virginia’s 2nd district. John Adams Middle School’s Miriam Kisto, Chase Steorts, Caleb Newell and Zack Mowrer submitted WVHelp4Teens, an app that provides a “one-stop shop” of connections to professional resources on topics that our peers, West Virginia teenagers are facing.

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that helps local teens the students replied, “The West Virginia Coding Club brainstormed possible apps that would be of great benefit to others in West Virginia and beyond. Our team decided on an app that would bring together professional resources that West Virginia teens could review privately to get the potential help that they need.” 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.