Rep. Burgess Owens has named Marla Tumenjargal, a 10th Grader at Hillcrest High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Utah’s Fourth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of IntellectX, the student said, ”During a recent trip to Mongolia and as a student with a passion in assisting my community, I volunteered at a local English academy dedicated to educating nomadic high school students about educational opportunities in the United States and English proficiency. Here, I taught scholars anywhere from elementary to college level students in English. Many of the graduating senior students came to me for advice and additional information about potential available majors, summer programs, and top universities they could enroll in. Without answers, I researched for each individual and discovered the overwhelming statistics showing the reality of choosing a major. 64% of college students are not confident in their career path when they enroll in college, and one in three students feel overwhelmed by the process of selecting a major. For most, what starts as a simple google search always ends in a rabbit-hole looking for application deadlines, program benefits, the timeline, etc. This comes to the demise of students who enter college who are at a loss of what to do in these situations. By the end of the day, students waste too many minutes looking for a single piece of information. To assist and in providing an opportunity for these students, I created IntellectX as a way for students to quickly research and organize their tasks through a time-efficient, easy-to-use, all-in-one platform for students.”
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.