Walk In My Shoes: Raising Awareness and Change wins Rep. Steve Cohen’s (TN-09) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Steve Cohen has named Jayda Murray, Anaya Murray, and Johnathan Sherrill from Faith Heritage Christian Academy as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (TN-09).

When asked what inspired the creation of Walk In My Shoes: Raising Awareness and Change, the students said, “We were inspired by the racial protests this past summer and our desire as teens to get involved. Through our app, we hope to do our part in reaching out to those who are willing to learn about the struggles African-Americans face in this country. We hope that we can do our part in making this country safer and increasing equity among all citizens.” 

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.