Calvert team places sec­ond in app con­test

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Gable Pi­att and Stephen Zack of Calvert High School won sec­ond place in the fifth an­nual Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) an­nounced. Their app, “Trash Dash,” raises aware­ness about pol­lu­tion and trash in the en­vi­ron­ment, a press re­lease states.

Destiny Brown and Austin Wil­son, both of Gwyn Park High School, won first and third place, re­spec­tively. Brown’s “How Are You Feel­ing?” app is de­signed to help chil­dren with autism com­mu­ni­cate their emo­tions, while Wil- son’s “Slith­ery Learn­ing” app helps stu­dents study and learn.

“I ap­plaud each stu­dent who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge,” Hoyer said in the re­lease. “There were many out­stand­ing sub­mis­sions, and I ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion that went into each app. I’m pleased to an­nounce the win­ners of the Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge from the Fifth District — Des­tini, Gable, Stephen, and Austin. I con­grat­u­late them and ev­ery stu­dent who par­tic­i­pated this year.”

The Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge was es­tab­lished by the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2013 as a na­tion­wide event that in­vites mid­dle and high school stu­dents from all par­tic­i­pat­ing con­gres­sional dis­tricts to com­pete as in­di­vid­u­als or groups up to four.

Stu­dents work to create and present an orig­i­nal soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion, or “app,” for a mo­bile, tablet or com­puter plat­form of their choos­ing.

The win­ning app will be placed on dis­play in the U.S. Capi­tol along­side other win­ners from the na­tion.

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