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Rep. Austin Scott Honors Winners of the 8th District’s 2020 Congressional App Challenge

February 10, 2021
Press Release

WARNER ROBINS, GA – This week, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) announced the Eighth District winners for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge at an awards ceremony at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA. The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide competition for current middle and high school students aimed at inspiring and engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), coding, and computer science. Following the event, Rep. Scott released the below statement:

“The Congressional App Challenge is a great way to showcase the innovation and technological talents of students across the Eighth District, and the submissions we have received since its inaugural year clearly express this,” said Rep. Austin Scott. “I would like to personally extend a ‘congratulations’ to this year’s winners and extend a ‘thank you’ to the teachers who inspire Eighth District students to expand their skills and knowledge in the STEM, coding, and computer science fields. The demand for these skills will only continue to grow, and we are glad to host this event to give students and educators the opportunity to implement them in our Georgia classrooms.”

This year’s winners are Somtochukwu Nwagbata, Bayabya Joshi, Daniel Grigsby, and Cheluchi Nwagbata from Houston County High School for an app titled, “HCHS PBIS.” Houston County High PBIS is a positive behavioral intervention and support app that encourages positive behavior among students through school reward points. Teachers can give students reward points for reasons such as demonstrating school spirit or helping other students with work. Students can view how many rewards points they’ve accumulated and what items they can redeem their points on through the app.

Rep. Scott hears from HCHS PBIS creators on their app.

Rep. Scott presents App Challenge Winners – (left to right) Daniel Grigsby, Bayabya Joshi, Somtochukwu Nwagbata, and Cheluchi Nwagbata – with certificates of achievement.

The Eighth District’s winners are one of only three winning teams in Georgia this year. They will have the opportunity to attend a virtual #HouseofCode event this Spring and will have their app showcased on the official U.S. House of Representatives website. Each student will also receive a $75 gift card from Southwest Airlines and a $100 Amazon Web Service credit.

You can find more information on the Congressional App Challenge on Rep. Scott’s website by clicking here.