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Winners named in Congressional App Challenge

Sophie Maniscalco [left, with certificate] and Kailin Zhang [right, with certificate] with Rep. Ann Wagner [Photo provided by Rep. Wagner’s office]

Kailin Zhang, a senior at Marquette High, and Sophie Maniscalco, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy, were named this year’s winners of the 2nd District Congressional App Challenge. The girls were recognized by Congresswoman Ann Wagner [R-MO] in an award presentation ceremony on Dec. 3. 

“Their Supergirls Code App claimed the top prize in this year’s competition, and I am extremely proud of Kailin and Sophie’s hard work and dedication,” Wagner said. “The Congressional App Challenge is an incredible opportunity to highlight the coding abilities of students in Missouri’s 2nd District, and I was thrilled we had so many students enter this year. Thank you to Everett Johnson and Launch Code for judging the competition and The Coder School for hosting the award presentation.”

The Congressional App Challenge is a national competition highlighting the value of computer science and STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education. Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

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