HCHS PBIS wins Rep. Austin Scott’s (GA-08) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Austin Scott has named Somtochukwu Nwagbata, Bayabya Joshi, Daniel Grigsby, and Cheluchi Nwagbata from Houston County High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (GA-08).

When asked what inspired the creation of HCHS PBIS, the students said, “In a bid to reduce physical contact as students returned to school, my school decided to go paperless with our school’s student reward program. The school initially used google forms for the rewards, however, there was no way for students to see the points they’ve accumulated. In order to ensure there was a way for students to see their accumulated points and for teachers to give the reward points more efficiently, we decided to create this app.”

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.