Rep. Tony Cardenas has named Karimar Trujillo of San Fernando High School, Montserrat Ramos-Lopez of San Fernando High School, and Fabiola Martinez of San Fernando High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 29th District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Admonere, the students said, ”As high school students who faced the difficulties of switching from in-person learning to online learning and then back to in-person learning, we noticed that many students had a decline in their mental health as they worried about staying on track with their school work and staying motivated. We wanted to find a solution to this, we wanted an app that would create a stress-free study session for students. We researched study techniques and resources to improve mental health, and we discussed strategies that help us and our classmates stay motivated. By combining our findings, we created Admonere. Admonere stemmed from our struggles and turned into an innovation that we want to share with students like us who are feeling overwhelmed.”
The Congressional App Challenge smashed previous participation records in 2022. All told, 9,011 students registered for this year’s competition – creating 2,707 fully-functioning apps for 335 Members of Congress across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia. This year’s competition set the record for most student registrations, most apps submitted, most apps per district submitted, and most districts receiving over 20 apps. The wildly successful competition continues to impress upon House Members the importance of computer science education and the need to develop a pipeline of diverse, domestic STEM talent.
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, Rise, theCoderSchool, Apple, and others.
The 2023 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2023, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.