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WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Tom Garrett announced today the winning team of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Virginia’s Fifth District. This year, Congressman Garrett was thrilled to see the participation double from last year. Three freshmen from Cumberland County High School were selected as this year's winners: Jessica Kotulak, Patricia Murrill and Emilia Czeizinger for their production of “Cat’s Big Adventure”. After learning of their accomplishment, Mrs. Mary Larson, who teaches the students Dual Enrollment Computer Literacy class said the following:

“They created Cat's Big Adventure in a program that they had no experience with prior to the Congressional App Challenge.  They learned it quickly and just took off and ran with it -- coding, testing, debugging, and retesting.   These young ladies work amazingly well as a team and I was extremely impressed with the way that they played to their personal strengths and assigned themselves roles that truly contributed to their success as a whole.  They have told me that they are already starting to think about what they will create for next year's Congressional App Challenge. We are all very proud of them!”

The winners from Cumberland County High School submitted the following statements:

Emilia Czeizinger (15): “I was the main coder in our group. At home, I have two precious cats named Willow and Munchago. They were possibly the biggest inspiration for me while making this. Our group was able to work well together because we are great friends and have good chemistry.”

Jessica Kotulak (14): “I was a tester/debugger in our group. During my free time, I enjoy reading, writing stories, and listening to music. I believe our group worked well together due to the strong friendship between all of us.

Patricia Murrill (15): “My role was a tester/debugger in the group. I usually spend most of my free time working on self-made projects. It also took us some time to come up with an idea for what to do, but we eventually did-- the three of us have been good friends for a few years now and work well together.

Additionally, Garrett would like to recognize Gavin Morse and Mason Young from the Covenant Christian Academy in Warrenton, VA as the second place winners the for their app called “CCA Event Organizer”. Kristen Caleb and Aryanna McCoy from Cumberland County High School won third place for their development of “Unicorn Jumpy”.

The winning app can be viewed here:

More information on the congressional app challenge:


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