BOSS: Better Online School Setup wins Rep. Steve Chabot’s (OH-01) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Steve Chabot has named Zack Sargent and Kevin Long from Elder High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (OH-01). 

When asked what inspired the creation of BOSS: Better Online School Setup the students said, “Kevin and I have both had to spend a lot of our school time online, and we have noticed that it can be significantly more difficult to succeed in an online environment. We realized that a lot of our main issues stemmed from the difficulty of staying organized, so we created this app to make it easy to stay on top of school.”

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.