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November 18, 2016
Press Release

Raleigh, NC – Last night, Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) hosted the 2016 Fourth District Congressional App Challenge Pitch Competition and Awards Ceremony at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The Congressional App Challenge, established in 2013, is a national contest designed to promote STEM education by encouraging coders to create a concept or source code for an online or mobile application.  The ceremony recognized the over 30 students from across the Triangle who submitted apps for the Fourth Congressional District’s competition, which also provided mentorship opportunities for students interested in the STEM fields.

At the event, the top five teams from the Fourth District were invited to pitch their app ideas before a live panel of judges from local start-ups, tech companies, and educational institutions.  After the scores were tallied, Congressman Price announced the winning app, Keep Me Safe, which was developed by Michael Webb, Amon Ferrell, Abijah Gibson, and Nassir Ford from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  Their teacher and mentor at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, Scott Meserve, was in attendance along with Monnie Sutton, the Academy of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Director, and Sophia Overdiep, Assistant Principal.

“These student coders give me great hope for the future of innovation, and they all demonstrated great passion, creativity, hard work, and imagination” said Congressman Price.  “This competition helps showcase the Research Triangle’s next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.  I am confident these students will be ready to tackle the complex problems of tomorrow.”

The winning app will be displayed on the website and in the United States Capitol. The Keep Me Safe team will also be invited to participate in a special open house on Capitol Hill for competition winners.

Congressman Price congratulates the winners at the awards ceremony.