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Congressman Bennie Thompson Announces Winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge

January 19, 2024

Student Mobile App Challenge winners, their teacher, and Congressman Bennie Thompson

Participating in the Congressional App Challenge presentation are (from left) Caleb Johnson (Jim Hill High School), Kyla Collins (Callaway High School), Myesha Wallace (CDC Simulation & Design teacher), Rep. Bennie Thompson, Jada Brown (Murrah High School), and Nsean McGrew (Murrah High School). CDC is a special program school in JPS. High school students attend for half the school day to practice their specialties but remain enrolled at their home schools.

Once again, talented students from the JPS Career Development Center have won the Congressional App Challenge for the 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi. The team of Jada Brown, Caleb Johnson, Kyla Collins, and Nsean McGrew garnered the 2023 award for their invention Task Hive. The program is a mobile application designed to help people coping with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Congressman Bennie Thompson made an in-person visit to the school to announce the winners.

"I commend the outstanding efforts of Jada Brown, Caleb Johnson, Kyla Collins, Nsean McGrew, and all participating students," said Thompson. "I look forward to a greater influx of innovative applicants in the future." 

"We extend our utmost pride to our exceptional scholars for this remarkable achievement," declared Dr. Eric Cook, CTE Director and Principal of the JPS Career Development Center.  "The students' unwavering dedication and ingenuity shone throughout the competition, culminating in an app poised to make a meaningful impact within our community," Cook added. 

Led by Simulation and Design teacher Myesha Wallace, students from the Career Development Center have won the Congressional App Challenge for multiple consecutive years.

The Congressional App Challenge was started in 2013 by the U.S. House of Representatives to foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM. As it celebrates its first decade, the program inspires students nationwide to practice hands-on coding and computer science. App Challenge winners are eligible to have their apps displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives website and are invited to participate in the #HouseofCode (the new national science fair) to demonstrate their apps to Congress.