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Congressman David Scott Announces Congressional App Challenge Winners

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman David Scott (GA-13) announced the winners of his 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s Thirteenth District. The first-place finalists will be invited to the House of Code in Washington, D.C., where they will have the opportunity to meet with other coders and program participants from across the country. Additionally, the app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.

“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of my Congressional App Challenge,” said Congressman David Scott.  “Their ability to identify and solve problems with much-needed solutions speaks to their ingenuity and creativity.  I am excited for this young generation of STEM leaders.”

Finalists and their App Submissions include:

First Place: Sophia Yang (Douglas County High School, 9th Grade)

App Submission: “BrainBoost”, an AI-powered application designed to support students in their studies. Users can input any topic, whether it’s about photosynthesis or quantum mechanics, and the app generates a concise summary of that topic. In addition, a customized quiz based on the provided topic is generated, enabling students to reinforce their understanding and knowledge retention.

Click here to watch a video tutorial of “BrainBoost”.

Second Place: Aman Patel (Woodward Academy, 11th Grade)

App Submission: “iAttendance”, a state of the art application, constructed through a blend of Python, Flask, and SQL Server technologies. It offers an array of strong core features, intended to transform the way attendance tracking and access control are managed. To begin, at the heart of iAttendance lies its cutting-edge machine learning algorithms, which enables the precise detection of a user’s face. Using a live webcam feed, the application is able to accurately discern facial features. Once a user’s face is detected, iAttendance transitions to the critical task of face matching. This process involves an in depth comparison between the captured face and the stored profile pictures.

Click here to watch a video tutorial of “iAttendance”.


Third Place: Lizzie Casaleno (Pebblebrook High School, 11th Grade)

App Submission: “When She Bleeds”, an app that effectively informs young teenage girls on menstrual poverty and provides resources as well as interactive features that allow the girls to track and predict their period. A translation in portuguese is provided, as well.

Click here to watch a video tutorial of “When She Bleeds”.


The Congressional App Challenge is designed to encourage youth participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by providing middle and high school students with the opportunity to create their own digital application. The program also aims to emphasize the inclusion of students from communities that are underrepresented in the technology industry.

More information regarding the 2024 Congressional App Challenge is forthcoming. Please visit for updates and additional information.