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Vernon Hills student wins district App Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Dec. 22, 190 members of the U.S. House of Representatives announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Over the past four months, thousands of students coded original apps as part of districtwide competitions hosted by members of the House.

The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science, according to a news release. In all, 190 congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents.

The office of Rep. Brad Schneider announced Illinois’ 10th Congressional District winner was the GoGreen app created by Anmol Parande, who attends Vernon Hills High School. Anmol created the app to enable users to reduce their carbon footprint by identifying areas of improvement in their energy consumption.

More than 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions, according to the news release. They submitted more than 1,270 original student-created apps, a 96 percent growth in the number of apps from last year’s challenge.

The winners are listed online at

The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the website. Each winning student also will be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.

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