Recovr wins Rep. Clay Higgins’ (LA-03) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Clay Higgins has named Zarie Shelvin, Damarkus Webster, Dontaye Washington, and Rena Celestine from Lafayette High as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (LA-03).

When asked what inspired the creation of Recovr, the students said, “Many Louisiana citizens have been impacted by storms in 2020 such as Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, which were only a month apart from each other. We felt that an application such as ours could be used to help those disaster victims restore and recover their lives.”

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.