Campbellsville High School seniors Christian Berry and Austin Fitzgerald have won the congressional app challenge.
U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., recently announced the winners of the First District 2017 Congressional App Challenge.
Berry’s and Fitzgerald’s winning app, called Balls vs. Aliens and Spikes, will be displayed at the Capitol for a year.
“It’s great to see such imaginative students in the First Congressional District,” Comer said.
“Christian and Austin are a great example of the ingenuity and brilliance of many students across the District. I congratulate these two on creating an app that requires such creativity and precise coding. Technology is vital to this District, state and country, and competitions like these are important for our country in the future.”
Sonya Kessler is the computer science teacher at CHS.
“Christian and Austin have shown substantial growth in not just coding skills, but also in problem solving and critical thinking and have learned how to work collaboratively with their peers,” she said.
“These real-life skills will ensure their success in the future and possibly a career in computer science where many jobs are currently going unfilled. Thanks to the organizers of the Congressional App Challenge for recognizing and encouraging our students.”
According to a news release, the Congressional App Challenge was created to help promote interest in STEM skills, which are abilities that are imminently important to the future of the United States.
The competition is open to high school students across the First District.
Berry and Fitzgerald are AP computer science principles students and completed their entry for the competition as part of a class project.
For more information about the competition, visit comer.house.gov.
And to view a video about the app, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUx4dphlKAM.
Campbellsville High School seniors Christian Berry, at left, and Austin Fitzgerald were recently named the winners of the First District 2017 Congressional App Challenge.