Campbellsville High School senior Jay Tucker has won the Congressional App Challenge.
U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., recently announced the winners of the First District 2018 Congressional App Challenge.
Tucker’s winning app is called “Learn Your Sounds!”
The app is intended to be an educational tool to help early learners or students with disabilities learn sounds and words.
In a news release, Comer stated that he congratulates Tucker on her accomplishments.
“Her app is not only an impressive technological creation, but a tool to help future generations achieve educational success,” he stated.
“Jay’s coding and precision are great examples of the inventiveness and intelligence of students throughout the First District. Technology is vital to this district, state and country, and competitions like these are important for our country and the future.”
Sonya Kessler is the computer science teacher at CHS.
Kessler stated that, two years ago, CHS was one of the first schools in the nation to offer the new AP Computer Science Principles course.
“We use MIT’s App Inventor as part of our class and the Congressional App Challenge fits in well as a class project,” she stated.
“Jay Tucker has shown substantial growth in not just coding skills, but also in problem solving and critical thinking and learning how to work collaboratively with her peers. These real-life skills will ensure her success in the future and possibly a career in computer science, where many jobs are currently going unfilled.”
According to a news release, the Congressional App Challenge was created to help promote interest in STEM skills, which are abilities that are imminently important to the future of the United States.
The competition is open to high school students across the First District.
Tucker is an AP computer science principles student and completed the app for the competition as part of a class project.
CHS students participating in the Congressional App Challenge include seniors Brandon Greer, Randy Harris, Ruby Hatfield and John Netherland, juniors Emily Rodgers and Jan Douwes Dekker, sophomore Colin Harris and freshman Christina Miller.
For more information about the competition, visit comer.house.gov.