Two QACHS Students Win 2023 Congressional App Challenge


Congressman Andy Harris has named Nicholas Burleson and Tanner Lyon of Queen Anne’s County High School as the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Maryland’s First District.

When asked what inspired the creation of CivQuiz, the students said, “Throughout my life I have learned many things through my observations, one observation of crucial importance to me though is that the youth seems to not partake in civics anymore. Confused by this observation I thought back to my studies and understood that many could see the learning styles in this course being confined to a textbook. One thing became clear: civic education needed a revitalization. Understanding that something needed to change I took this issue into my own hands to inspire students all across the country in the field of civics. To combat this issue I developed CivQuiz. CivQuiz is more than just an app – it’s an interactive, visually stunning, and enjoyable tool designed to cater to various learning styles. Due to it being very versatile, it can be used in many different educational contexts, providing crucial tools for educators and learners alike. I aspire for CivQuiz to become a sense of inspiration for the youth across the nation. I desire for the youth to embrace civics as a subject but more importantly, recognize its relevance it has on their daily lives. Making these desires a reality CivQuiz strives to empower the next generation of informed and active citizens.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science.This year’s Challenge saw an unprecedented level of participation. A remarkable 11,334 students from across the United States competed in this year’s Challenge. The enthusiasm and creativity these students display is a testament to the growing interest in technology and signal a bright future for American innovation.

The 2024 Congressional App Challenge will launch in May of 2024, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.

Download a PDF copy of the news release here.

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