Congressman David Kustoff awards three Germantown students for winning the District Congressional App Challenge

Germantown, Tennessee--March 26, 2019--From a newly added series of coding courses to the district's one-to-one initiative, Germantown Municipal School District recognizes what an incredible asset technology can be in education.  Three Houston High students applied both of these facts and channeled their technological knowledge into the creation of an entertaining app, one now receiving congressional recognition.

Ricky Liu, Manas Malla, and Milo Sulipeck designed and coded a game dubbed “The Great Escape” and have won the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for West Tennessee.  "It's a riff on Mario Brothers" explains Sulipeck in an interview, "and we composed our own original music for it".

The CAC is a government effort that aims to encourage kids to take interest in STEM fields and learn how to code through competition. Members of Congress organize this annual competition within their district, and students must create an original application for the opportunity to be recognized and awarded prizes.  Houston High School has had the winning team for two consecutive years.

This intrinsic detail put into design and practicality of the app has not gone unnoticed. In addition to being the challenge honorees, Congressman David Kustoff will pay a visit to the winners at Houston High on Friday, March 29, at 8:30am to congratulate them on their game and award.  

"I could not be more proud," Congressman Kustoff told the winners, "that the winner of the App Challenge comes from not only from my congressional district but also from Germantown [Kustoff's wife's hometown]".

For more information about the challenge, click here.

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