Harlem’s Espaillat Announces District Winners Of The Congressional App Challenge

October 27, 2020

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat announced the winners of this year’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an annual competition that engages students in STEM coding and computer science.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in New York’s 13th Congressional District. Participants in the contest submitted videos of their app demonstrations, which were judged by an independent panel of educators and entrepreneurs.

Representative Adriano Espaillat stated, “Empowering students in STEM is vital to the success of our nation, and the 2020 Congressional App Challenge is an innovative initiative that encourages students across my district to learn how to code and inspires them to pursue careers in TECH and computer science.”

I am delighted to recognize these incredibly talented young people for their participation in this year’s competition. While working as a group, they were encouraged to explore coding and develop their own original app and learn more about the fascinating world of computer science,” said Rep. Espaillat.


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Clayton Banks, Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem stated, “Silicon Harlem would like to commend Congressman Espaillat for his prescience in supporting the Congressional App Challenge in the 13th District. Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the launchpad to the future and coding is the primary language.

“Silicon Harlem is proud to recognize Izabell, Jonathan, and Silvester, three students from Columbia Secondary School in Harlem, for their innovative app, “Think About It”. It is an app to aid high school and college students, so they can apply active learning to their study habits. Congratulations to all,” said Banks.

2020 Winners from New York’s 13th Congressional District:

Silvester Nava attends Columbia Secondary School and loves the environment and spending time at the community garden at her school. She has a deep interest in technology and development and enjoys 3D Modeling and Sculpting in her spare time.

Jonathan Guzman is a senior at Columbia Secondary School and lives in Harlem. He’s interested in studying Physics and Computer Science and enjoys playing video games, discussing politics and current events, and coding.

Izabell Garcia is a senior at Columbia Secondary School and lives in Manhattan. She enjoys coding, drawing, and engineering. This summer, she dedicated her time learning how to develop a code an activism app, which allowed her hands-on training in JavaScript.

Click here to view a virtual presentation and description of the winning app.

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.

He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.

Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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