Cats vs. Dogs: The RPG wins Rep. Troy Balderson’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s 12th District

Rep. Troy Balderson has named Lane Johnson from Pleasant Middle School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s 12th District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Cats vs. Dogs: The RPG, the student said, “What inspired me to create Cats vs. Dogs: The RPG (Role Playing Game), was my love and obsession for these RPG games.  In these games you always have a choice to make in battle, which is why I like them and why I was inspired to create one myself!”

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.