Doyle Announces 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winners

November 19, 2018
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) released the following statement announcing the local winners of his 2018 Congressional App Challenge.

“I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Congressional App Challenge for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District.

“Congratulations to Alexander Biglan, Nick Zana, and Jason Vasko from Shady Side Academy. These students created an app which provides the current air conditions at any location and helps to estimate rocket launch performance. It provides the necessary information used to adjust launch angles, engine configuration, and rocket size to improve the launch. 

“I also want to recognize our runners-up. Congratulations to Ethan Busch, Ram Timsina, Michael Bennett, and Dallas Zagrocki from Baldwin-Whitehall School District. These students created an app that allows Pennsylvanians to search for and find more information about the animals in our state.

“Finally, I would like to recognize James Luttringer from Baldwin-Whitehall School District. He created a game featuring Frankenstein overcoming pumpkin obstacles.

“I commend these young coders for dedicating their time and skills to this competition. I also commend the parents and teachers of these students who encouraged them to participate.

“I also want to thank our judges who contributed their time and expertise to evaluate our app entries, the University of Pittsburgh who hosted our award reception, and Carnegie Mellon University who will welcome our winners for a tech experience on campus in the coming weeks.

“The Congressional App Challenge encourages students to explore STEM education hands-on. It is important that students are engaged in the growing STEM fields, and this competition provides them with an opportunity to pursue their interests and continue to grow their skills.”