wxDispute wins Rep. Steven Horsford’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Nevada’s Fourth District

Rep. Steven Horsford has named Cornell Stewart, Joshua Sicklesteel, Jacob Mann, and Leonardo Guerrero of Shadow Ridge High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Nevada’s Fourth District.

When asked what inspired the creation of wxDispute, the student said, ”As students who have been very involved in the computer science program, we have witnessed first hand the struggle that students have staying focused in computer science. We also saw how they struggled to understand the concepts. This inspired us to make a program that would allow students to study and learn computer science in a fun way, so they can stay focused. It is also designed in a way that makes it easier for students to understand the concepts. wxDispute is a program that teaches students computer science concepts whilst also quizzing them to learn more. As well as study from the comfort of their own home. By putting all of these resources in one place, we hope students will take this opportunity to learn programming and continue through the pathway. We hope to shape the next generation of programmers.”

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.