Congress recently announced the winners of the Congressional App Challenge, with many Indian American students across the country receiving the high honor.
Winners were announced sporadically throughout the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, with all of the winners from the challenge being announced in mid-February.
Among the winners were many Indian American and South Asian American students.
In Massachusetts, Mahathi Gopinathan with Helen Liu won in the 2nd District for their Kindness Calendar app; Arav Jain and Som Lunavat’s Work for Cause won in the 3rd Congressional District; Akul Kesarwani and Anchi Xia won in the 5th District for their ReadFluid app; and Gayatri Rajan’s Ripple app won in the 6th District.
Abhishek Singh, Sashank Venugopal, with Matthew Rostkowski and Nicholas Aderhold, won in Connecticut’s 1st District for their app Next Gen STEM.
A news release noted that the 2020 Congressional App Challenge was its broadest yet, with more members of Congress hosting in more districts than ever before.
This competition was more critical than any prior competition, as COVID-19 interrupted educational cadences for students across the country, it added.
Photo caption: Students demonstrating their winning Congressional App Challenge apps to Members of Congress at #HouseOfCode. Several Indian American students won the challenge. (congressionalappchallenge.us photo)