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Guthrie Announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) today announced the 2020 winners of the Congressional App Challenge from Kentucky’s Second District.

Students in congressional districts across the country compete in the annual Congressional App Challenge. Congressman Guthrie encourages middle school and high school students in the Second District to participate in the app challenge to provide new coding and computer science experience.

Gracelyn Deweese, Cathern Goodman, Collin Graves, and Melena Hughes from Barren County High School won the 2020 Congressional App Challenge with their app, ShowLocal.

“Congratulations to Barren County High School students Gracelyn, Cathern, Collin, and Melena for being this year’s Second District Congressional App Challenge winners,” said Guthrie. “Recognizing the challenges small businesses face, the students teamed up to create an app called ShowLocal to help showcase local businesses in rural communities. I applaud them for working on solutions to boost local economies dealing with hardships during these difficult times. I’m excited to see ShowLocal displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Each year I’m impressed with the STEM skills and creativity of the students from the Second District, and this year’s competition submissions were no exception, even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the dedication of teachers and our volunteer judges, this competition would not be possible. To all of the students from this year’s challenge, thank you for participating and keep up the good work harnessing your coding skills.”

The winners of the Congressional App Challenge are determined by a panel of computer science experts in the Second District. Winning teams from across the country will have their app showcased in the U.S. Capitol and also have the opportunity to participate in a virtual #HouseOfCode event next spring. A team of students from Barren County High School also won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge with their app, ThriveAB, to help mothers with postpartum depression.

A full list of 2020 winners can be found below:

Overall First Place:

Gracelyn Deweese, Cathern Goodman, Collin Graves, and Melena Hughes

Barren County High School


Overall Second Place:

Nick Kang, Tucker Strow

Bowling Green High School

Mobile Phone Assistance

Overall Third Place:

Craig Bertke, Kash Leslie, and Ada Parris

Apollo High School

Go To Technician

Middle School First Place:

Aiden Huber

Hebron Middle School

Dogs, Cats & Rats Adventure

Middle School Second Place:

Crystal Zheng

Hebron Middle School

Protector Maskey

Middle School Third Place:

Noah Coomes, Luke Smith

Hebron Middle School

Junk Food Platform