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Pallone Congratulates Winner of 2015 Congressional App Challenge

February 12, 2016
Press Release

LONG BRANCH, NJ—Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), announced the winner of the 2015 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District.  Ariel Rakovitsky of Marlboro, NJ, was named as the winner for his app “Students,” a crowdfunding platform for education institutions.

“The Congressional App Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate their technical and creative skills, and I congratulate Ariel and all of this year’s participants for their excellent work” said Pallone.  “As the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have seen how innovative technology is creating new industries and opportunities for countless Americans.  We must continue to make investments in STEM education in New Jersey to ensure the next generation has the skills and tools needed to keep the United States as the world’s top innovator for years to come.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education by encouraging high school students to learn how to code through the creation of their own apps.  Entries to the competition in New Jersey’s Sixth District were assessed by a panel of local experts on several criteria, including the demonstrated knowledge of coding and programing skills, as well as the quality and implementation of their ideas.  

As a winning app in the contest, Ariel’s “Students” will be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website and on a digital display in the Capitol Building for the next year.