Creative coders rewarded at Marian
April 18, 2019
Four Marian High School seniors’ creation of a prototype computer application to help remind consumers of the freshness of foods in their refrigerators won the Congressional App Challenge in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, and the students will show off their invention in Washington.
Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., presented the seniors from the all-girls school in Omaha – McKenzie Blain, Colby Lemkau, Jessica Sahm and Franny Tvrdik – with a certificate and an invitation to #HouseofCode, an April 13-14 reception on Capitol Hill.
Over four months, thousands of students in 190 congressional districts across 42 states coded original apps as part of district-wide competitions hosted by House members.
Marian’s science and coding teacher, Sharon Genoways, plans to travel with the students to demonstrate the preliminary model to members of Congress and the tech community. Each student also won $250 in Amazon Web Service credits to continue developing their idea, encouraging consumers to type expiration dates into a program that would push reminders to their mobile phones.