Congressman Johnson celebrates 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winners

March 4, 2019
Press Release

On March 1, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) celebrated the winners of his fourth-annual Congressional App Challenge at Rockdale Magnet School of Science and Technology in Conyers.

“Every student put their all into it but this year, RMSST serves as the number one school with the top app developers in the Fourth Congressional District and they deserve to be applauded for that,” said Johnson, who serves as the Chair of the House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee. “Technology, innovation and data are the foundation of the economic future of this country. These young people have developed some unique apps that they can continue to build on; not only be useful for mankind, but also to possibly support themselves and their families.” 

In Congressman Johnson’s district, which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County, 55 students competed against their peers by creating and an application “app,” or game for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

In the 2018 competition, 222 Members of Congress encouraged thousands of talented students to code original apps and compete in the largest computer science competition in the country. The Congressional App Challenge was designed to promote computer programming and STEM education, and to date has yielded participation from more than 14,000 students from across 44 states and U.S. territories.

The judging committee for this year’s competition in GA-04, were a talented team who of judges, all from Turner Broadcasting: Darrell Washington, Senior Project Manager; Margaret Anne Olecki, Senior Marketing Manager; Jennifer Dill, Senior Director of Global Business Operations; Marietta Walsh, Senior Project Manger; Chris Pellani, Senior Director and Product Manager of NCAA digital; and Deborah Scott, Implementation Manager.    

This year’s winners were: Grant Tomlinson, Maya Rolland and Kaliyah Vereen, who are all students at the Rockdale Magnet School of Science and Technology. Their winning submission, “College Cache,” gives high school students preparing to enroll for college a creative, innovative and rather easy way a way to log achievements, extracurriculars, school activities, and academics. The Congressman also honored the students’ teacher Dametria Williams with a certificate of special congressional recognition, for her dedication to her students and encouraging them to compete in the App Challenge.

“This was such a great event because our freshman, who competed in our Apps for Good competition got the chance to see the honors they can get in the future when they continue into app development,” said, Amanda Baskett, Director of the Rockdale Magnet School of Science and Technology. “We also appreciate the Congressman sharing with our students the possibilities of monetizing their apps.”

 The three members of the “College Cache” team have also been invited to attend the National “House of Code” App Challenge Reception on May 9 in Washington, D.C.   

Pictured From Left to Right: Congressman Hank Johnson, RMSST Director Amanda Baskett, Maya Rolland, Kaliyah Vereen, Grant Tomlinson and RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oat


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