Will Schrepferman, a Zionsville Community High School junior, recently won the Congressional App Challenge with a mobile application he created that helps connects high school students to school organizations and activities.
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for districts across the nation intended to promote student engagement in computer science and coding. Students of any age in the 5th District could create an app on a platform of their choice.
The “ZCHS Clubs” app is available in the Google Play Story and students can use it to find detailed information on clubs and organizations throughout the high school.
The three judges were Dr. Jennifer Coy, Chairwoman of the Department of Computer Science at Anderson University, Kenneth Pascascio, Curriculum Engineer and Instructor at the Eleven Fifty Academy and Mr. Corey Sharp, Director of Purdue Polytechnic – Anderson Campus.
“This application is in a league of its own,” Pascascio said in his evalution. “It’s tailored for high schoolers who want to be connected with clubs on their campus.”
He added that the user interface guides the user well.
“I was really impressed by this application – from the user interface to the use of source control to keep an online repository for the code base,” he said.
Shrepferman will receive $250 in Amazon Web Services credits to use towards hosting his app on the Amazon hosting site. His YouTube video will also be featured on the House.gov website and in a rotating display in the tunnel between the Cannon House Office building and the Capitol.
According to the CAC website, the idea was first introduced in 2013 when the House passed Academic Competition Resolution of 2013. This year is its third official year and included more than 200 districts throughout the nation. Each district’s winner will be invited to the House of Code reception this spring to demonstrate their app in front of members of Congress and other CAC winners.
Last year’s winner from the 5th District was Jack Sutton from Hamilton Southeastern High School for his app, Leon, which was designed to shorten the process on doing background research for a specific company’s stock.
Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, awarded Shrepferman his winning certificate at ZCHS on the morning of Dec. 4 to kick off Computer Science Education Week.
“Will is a bright, thoughtful and engaged student and I look forward to seeing his work on display in the halls of Congress and on the U.S. House of Representatives website,” Brooks said in a statement.