November 19, 2021
Press Release

LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) virtually hosted his congressional district’s sixth-annual Congressional App Challenge and fourth-annual reception for the Challenge. Twenty-three students from fifteen high schools submitted eleven apps for this year’s competition. The winners, Angelina Tsuboi and Cooper Saye of Chadwick School, submitted an app entitled “Megaphone.” “Megaphone” is a class forum built to help facilitate connection within the classroom to ask questions, clarify assignments, and get feedback. The judges were impressed by this app because of its modern user interface and impressive product strategy.

The Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, is open to all middle and high school students who either reside or attend school in California’s 33rd Congressional District. The first place winner’s app is eligible to be featured in the U.S. Capitol Building and Additionally, the winner is invited to the #HouseOfCode DC Reception. 

“As a recovering Computer Science major, I am inspired by all these students who have committed themselves to creating these innovative apps that addressed remote learning, civic engagement, food insecurity, and more,” Congressman Lieu said. “Our office sees growth every year in the number of submissions we receive. I am proud to represent a district that is the home to Silicon Beach, as well as Santa Monica College, LA Air Force Base, and UCLA, all of which emphasize the importance of STEM innovation and education.”

Below are the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge:

  • 1st Place:Megaphone”, submitted by Angelina Tsuboi and Cooper Saye – Chadwick School
  • 2nd Place:Youth Voter”, submitted by Samantha Chang – California Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • 3rd Place:Distance Learning.AI”, submitted by Justin Liu, Marshall Vielmetti, Mishty Dhekial, and Andrea Tsai– Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Nicolet High School, Troy High School
  • Honorable Mention:Fruit Basket”, submitted by Cameron Asher, Gregory Forston, Suhh Yeon Kim, and Andrew Galen – Beverly Hills High School

Judges for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge include:

  • Dr. William Goodin, Industry Relations Coordinator at UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
  • Mr. Marc Fischer, CEO at Dogtown Media
  • Mr. Howard Stahl, Department Chair for Computer Science & Information Systems at Santa Monica College