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Womack Announces Winners of the Third Annual AR-3 Congressional App Challenge

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Rogers, November 20, 2017 | comments

ROGERS– Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, also known as the ‘Congressional App Challenge,’ is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  This competition is part of a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their own software application, or ‘app,’ for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Hosted by Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), the Challenge was open to all high school students in Arkansas’s Third District.  From the 6 entries, the winners were selected by a panel of judges from the community, including Jeff Amerine and Phyl Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting and Haley Allgood of Startup Junkie Foundation. 

Today, Congressman Steve Womack hosted an award presentation where he announced that Arjun Krishna and Arthi Krishna of Bentonville High School won first place for their app titled “BookGazers,” one that helps children transitioning to chapter books stay engaged in reading in a fun, interactive way.  Arjun and Arthi’s app will be displayed at a kiosk in the U.S. Capitol. 

“Arjun and Arthi Krishna are outstanding examples of how BHS students give back to our district.  They are role models on our campus and in the community,” said Jack Loyd, Principal of Bentonville High School.  “Their love for reading is insatiable and they understand academic success comes with cultivating that skill.  The app they designed brings words on a page to life for readers at all levels.” 

“The Congressional App Challenge gives high school students of the Third District a platform to showcase their incredible creativity and innovations for the technological world. I am proud of every student who participated in this year’s competition and look forward to hosting this challenge for years to come,” said Womack. “Congratulations to Arjun and Arthi Krishna of Bentonville High School for their winning app, ‘BookGazers.’ It is clear that these students have a passion for reading and a desire to help others. I look forward to seeing their app on display in the Capitol.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.






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