Cooper Announces TN-05 Congressional App Challenge Winners

Dec 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced that two students from Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School are this year’s Congressional App Challenge winners for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.

The high school juniors are Zavier Miller and Bob Qian. Zavier and Bob used computer programming to create a user-friendly digital scheduling apparatus for students and teachers. They also produced a video that describes the app’s inner workings.

Each day, students at the winners’ school get a block of time to choose and attend one class in which they feel they need extra time or instruction. The winning app provides students an easy way to secure space in desired classes and eliminates a cumbersome paper process. The app also gives teachers a high-tech way to communicate their daily course offerings to students and track student attendance.

“Zavier and Bob did what Congress should do more often – they simplified a complicated process and solved a problem,” Rep. Cooper said. “Both students clearly have a bright future. Thinking big is what will keep America on top!”

The Congressional App Challenge is a national effort to encourage students to learn computer programming through annual district-wide competitions hosted by members of Congress. Students participate in technology and math programs, and have the opportunity to create and code. Winning apps will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

Although the competition has closed for this year, it opens back up in 2019, and all middle and high school students in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District are eligible to participate. The district includes Cheatham, Davidson, and Dickson counties. Click here to learn more about the Congressional App Challenge.