A Journey Through Time on the St. Francis Watershed wins Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford’s (AR-01) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford has named Macie McCommon, Lexi Jarrett, Ciara Stephens, and from Cross County High School as the winners of the 2020  Congressional App Challenge in (AR-01).


When asked what inspired the creation of A Journey Through Time on the St. Francis Watershed, the students said, “We were inspired to create this app by a community partner that came to us with an idea to document life along the St. Francis River in Parkin, Arkansas. Once the world stopped for the pandemic we realized a need for small museums to find new ways to reach an audience, and thus our app was born.”

Over 6,500 students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 3,088 functioning apps, marking the end of an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions 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 Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.