Scott Announces Winner of Congressional App Challenge

December 16, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VACongressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) announced the winners of the annual Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s Third Congressional District. Abdalla Elrahhal, a junior at Denbigh High School and New Horizons Regional Education Center, was selected as the winner. Elrahhal submitted “SpeedyCPR,” an app designed to call 911 while displaying video instructions and demonstrations for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  

I participated in the Congressional App Challenge so I could challenge myself and see if I could accomplish the goal,” Elrahhal stated.

This year over 6,000 students across the United States participated in the 2020 challenge. These students created and submitted 1,851 apps. In all, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges. 

“We should constantly be investing in the next generation of leaders and innovatorssaid Congressman Scott. “As the Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, I understand that it is essential for our students to develop the necessary skills and interest in STEM fields.  The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity for students interested in these fields to showcase their talents by competing in this national event.”  

The second place winner was Zian Zhou, a junior at New Horizon’s Governor's School for Science and Technology. His app, “foCus” is a browser extension which blocks selected apps to limit distractions and increase productivity. The third place winners were freshman David Goodwin and sophomores John Pegram and Michael Cheever of Bethel High School.  Their app, “PathwayFinder,” helps incoming and freshmen students learn about the school's academic programs by matching their interests to related programs.

All participants in the district were recognized during a virtual awards ceremony attended by Hampton and Newport News elected and school officials. 

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