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Release Date: 12/15/2017 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Randallstown High team wins Congressman Ruppersberger's App Challenge

Randallstown High team wins Congressman Ruppersberger's App Challenge
TOWSON - A team of Randallstown High School students - Re'Niya Avery, Saniya Holmes, Aaliyah Philippe-Auguste, and Adaora Umeadi - won Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's fourth annual high school App Challenge.

The competition, open to all high school students in Maryland's Second Congressional District, challenges students to create an original software application.
The Randallstown students, participants in the school's Academy of Health Professions, sought to create an app to help others prepare for health care careers by learning medical technology. Their app, Health Care 4 U, teaches through an interactive matching game.

Over the course of several months, the Grade 10 students learned computer coding, designed graphics, developed music, and created a marketing and advertising plan for their game. Contest participants were required to submit a video demonstrating and explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. In their video, the Randallstown students thanked teachers Marsha Koger and Susan Ellerbee, consultant Will Mapp, Principal Aubrey Brown, and the Office of Innovative Learning Projects for their support.

"I am particularly proud that this year's winners are all women, who are historically underrepresented in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] industries," Congressman Ruppersberger said. "Their creativity and technical expertise is remarkable, and I see bright futures ahead for each of them. If they are any example, our community will be generating impressive talent that will help our country innovate and create jobs."

The Randallstown students and other winners from across the country will be invited to showcase their apps to members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website. Each winning student also will be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits.

The contest is part of a national effort established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 to promote STEM innovation.

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