Crazy Number Cards! wins Rep. Alma Adams’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in North Carolina’s 12th District

Rep. Alma Adams has named Katherine Wahr from Providence Day School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in North Carolina’s 12th District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Crazy Number Cards!, the student said, “I was inspired to create this app for two reasons. The first reason is because when I was younger I used to love playing the card game war with my dad. However, when I would ask him to play a different card game he would often say that there weren’t that many card games that would be easy enough for a child around the age of 7 to learn. The second reason I created this app was because I wanted to create a basic card game that was for all ages, so that everyone could learn about playing cards in a simplified way.”

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge yielded 2,101 fully functioning apps. After eighteen months of disruptions to educational cadences for students everywhere, the Congressional App Challenge came roaring back with 7,174 students registering for this year’s competition. All told, 340 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests 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. Each participating Member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team is invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual #HouseOfCode festival. The program is a public-private partnership made possible through funding from Omidyar Network, AWS, theCoderSchool, Facebook, Replit, Accenture, and others.

The 2022 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2022, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.