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Omaha, Neb. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) today announced the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC); a national coding competition that provides youth with an opportunity to explore the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Millard North High School ninth grader Nikita Ramaswamy won first place with her chemistry app called ChemHelp, which deals with the periodic table. When a phone is placed up to the element, the app will display the information on the element. 

The second place winner is Omaha South High School ninth grader Edgar Del Cid Lutin who developed StudE, an educational app that manages the schedule and assignments of a student. It also includes a library of websites and resources connected to the school that may be needed for assignments. 

Students and their parents were recognized in a small ceremony yesterday by Rep. Bacon.

“These students are going through unprecedented times and challenges yet rose up to use their creativity and talent in the development of some unique and inspiring apps,” said Rep. Bacon. “Technology and the field of STEM is so important these days and I am happy that the Congressional App team was still able to host this challenge for our nation’s middle school and high school students. There are many job openings in the tech fields and more doors will be opened for our youth if they are interested in STEM at an early age.”

First Place: Nikita Ramaswamy, Millard North High School

Second Place: Edgar Del Cid Lutin, Omaha South High School