Larsen Meets 2016 Congressional App Challenge Winner

Apr 11, 2017 Issues: Education

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Burlington-Edison high school senior Alexandria Kissas, the winner the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District, and Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) met last week. Kissas was in D.C. to demonstrate her winning application at a reception with other winning students from across the U.S.

“It was great to meet Alexandria and her family and see her app in action. Alexandria’s app, ‘ListMe,’ shows just how talented this next generation of students is and the opportunities that can open up by pursuing a STEM education.”

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Alexandria, who is currently a TA for her AP Computer Science teacher and hopes to attend Pomona College, received a prize of $400 in Amazon Web Services credits. Kissas’ app, “ListMe,” is designed to help people organize multiple lists on their smart phones.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, there are as many as 25,000 unfilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs in Washington state.

The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition that aims to help maintain American competitiveness by proactively inspiring youth to pursue crucial STEM skills. In 2016, a total of 193 members of Congress participated in the app challenge, with 43 states represented. The 2017 Congressional App Challenge will begin on July 26, 2017.