Cicilline Congratulates 2019 Congressional App Challenge Winners

Friday, January 31, 2020


PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced the 2019 winner of the Congressional App Challenge for the First District of Rhode Island during a visit to Classical High School in Providence. Luke Taylor, a Classical High School student, was recognized for designing and building the digital textbook app, Tome. Cicilline presented Luke with a citation on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, extended an invitation to the participate in the Congressional Institute’s Annual ‘House of Code’ event in Washington, and spoke with him about the importance of computer science for Rhode Island’s economy.


A video preview of Tome is available online here.   

“I’m proud to congratulate this exceptional Rhode Island high school student for winning the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. Luke’s app is not only an impressive demonstration of his coding capabilities. It’s also a testament to his focus on expanding access to educational resources by modernizing existing systems. Tome stands to make a difference in the lives of students and their families throughout our community.”


“All Rhode Islanders should have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to secure a good-paying job. That’s why I am committed to working with my colleagues to expand federal support for public and higher education, workforce development, and job training. In our highly specialized, constantly changing 21st Century economy, these investments are essential to ensuring that Rhode Islanders are able to get ahead.”


The Congressional App Challenge, coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Internet Education Foundation, is a competition designed to encourage U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.






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