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Yarmuth Announces Winner of Congressional App Challenge
Kentucky Ag Connection - 12/03/2019

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) visited Meyzeek Middle School to announce the winner of his annual Congressional App Challenge for Kentucky's Third Congressional District. In an assembly at the school this afternoon, Yarmuth revealed that Shraman Kar, an eighth-grader at Meyzeek, was selected by judges as the winner of this year's competition for his submission of foodle, an app designed to help eliminate food waste and combat hunger.

The Congressional App Challenge is a district-level competition for middle school and high school students that aims to encourage them to learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in computer science. Kar worked with Louisville-area food bank Dare to Care on implementation of his app, which allows individuals with surplus food to place it in a basket, detecting its contents, and then map it for food banks to come pick up from their address.

"Shraman's app was successfully executed, well-designed, and quite thoughtful in tackling hunger--a reality for many struggling families in our community and around the world," said Yarmuth. "I'm proud to continue this challenge, now in its third year, to not only highlight the importance of STEM education for students but also feature the many creative things that young people here in Louisville are working on. These impressive students are so incredibly talented, and their work helps me make the case to many of my colleagues that the future is arriving faster than we ever expected and we must legislate accordingly. I'll continue to fight for funding for STEM education and creative efforts like this."

Yarmuth received a total of 34 app submissions in this year's competition, from students at four area schools: Meyzeek, Saint Agnes, Valley High School, and Kentucky Country Day.

Winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge will be invited to the #HouseOfCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C., and their apps will also be featured in the United States Capitol Building. Kar and his fellow winners will also receive $250 in credit from Amazon Web Services, provided by Amazon.

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