Congressman Andy Levin Announces Winner of Congressional App Challenge

December 12, 2019
Press Release
The Challenge seeks to inspire students to learn to code and explore STEM fields.

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today announced the winner of the district-wide Congressional App Challenge hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Internet Education Foundation (IEF). The Congressional App Challenge is a prestigious competition in student computer science, and the winner’s mobile application will be on display in the United States Capitol.

The 2019 winner is Jerry Xia from International Academy - Okma Campus in Bloomfield Township, who created an iPhone app called ICE (In Case of Emergency). The app was inspired by his experiences traveling overseas and realizing that different countries had different emergency numbers. The app allows users to create a profile and send location data to local emergency agencies.

“Whenever we talk about STEM, I want to make sure we are prioritizing and fostering creativity in young minds as well,” Rep. Levin said. “That’s why I thought the Congressional App Challenge was such a unique opportunity. I’m overwhelmed by the response we saw from students across Macomb and Oakland Counties, and I look forward to visiting some of the top students’ classrooms and holding this competition again in 2020. Kudos to everyone who entered the competition, and congratulations to Jerry on truly exemplary work.”

The other top submission were created in teams and individually by Jacquelyn Wrubel, Vanessa Francis, Teresa Lee; Nabil Mahdi, Landon Cereska, Aiden Doraci and James Neimann of Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center in Warren and Vijay Daita from Bloomfield Hills High School.