QuizMania wins Rep. Bill Foster’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 11th District

Rep. Bill Foster has named Sonit Sahoo of Thayer J Hill Middle School and Maksym Nastenko of Thayer J Hill Middle School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 11th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of QuizMania, the students said, ”While there are many different quiz sites like ours, they have some good things and some bad things. We saw this and wanted to make the best quiz site that we could so we incorporated many good things from all of these sites, tried our best to have as little of the bad things, and of course, we added many unique and original features. Also, many of our favorite quiz sites have locked interesting features behind paywalls, so we wanted to make a free version and learn how these types of sites worked along the way.”

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.