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Lafayette Parish students win Congressional App Challenge for Louisiana’s Third District

A team of Lafayette Parish students came up with an app that won the U.S. Third District’s Congressional App Challenge.

The U.S. House of Representatives officially launched the challenge in 2015 to help inspire innovation and learning in computer science and coding. The challenge is a nationwide effort that allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

David Calais and Deonta Trim of Carencro High School, Jeremiah Willis of Acadiana High School, and Marjorie Hooper of David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy won first place in the Third District with an app titled “Rescue Me.” It helps connect volunteers with victims in the wake of a natural disaster.

More than a dozen students participated in this year’s competition in the Third District, which was open to all K-12 students.

The winning team was selected by a panel of expert judges including computer science and software professionals from McNeese State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Waitr’s software development team.

U.S. Representative Clay Higgins will recognize the participating students and their families during a reception at CGI’s Lafayette Center on December 18.