On Tuesday, Congressman James Comer (KY-01) recognized Jay Tucker for winning the 1st District 2018 Congressional App Challenge.

Tucker is a Senior at Campbellsville High School. Her winning app is called “Learn Your Sounds!” It is intended to be an educational tool to help early learners or students with disabilities learn sounds and words.

“I want to congratulate Jay on winning the 1st District 2018 App Challenge. Her app is not only an impressive technological creation, but a tool to help future generations achieve educational success. Jay’s coding and precision are great examples of the inventiveness and intelligence of students throughout the 1st District. Technology is vital to this district, state and country, and competitions like these are important for our country and the future,” said Congressman Comer.

“Two years ago, our school district was one of the first in the nation to offer the new AP Computer Science Principles course. We use MIT’s App Inventor as part of our class and the Congressional App Challenge fits in well as a class project. Jay Tucker has shown substantial growth in not just coding skills, but also in problem solving and critical thinking and learning how to work collaboratively with her peers. These real-life skills will ensure her success in the future and possibly a career in Computer Science where many jobs are currently going unfilled. Thanks to Congressman Comer and the organizers of the Congressional App Challenge for recognizing and encouraging our students,” said Sonya Kessler, teacher at Campbellsville Independent Schools.

The Congressional App Challenge was created to help promote interest in STEM skills, abilities that are imminently important to the future of the United States. The competition is open to high school students across the 1st District. For more information on the 2019 competition, you can visit comer.house.gov.