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Larson Meets with Local Winners of the Congressional App Challenge

December 21, 2016
Press Release

Manchester, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) recognized Fabrizio Lazo, Isaiah Powell and Brandon Reed with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for designing the winning app of the First District’s 2016 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). All three are seniors at Howell Cheney Technical High School and residents of East Hartford. Their app, BoomTanks, is a multiplayer action-based game featuring quiz questions about the history of tanks.

“Fabrizio, Isaiah, and Brandon blended action and education in a truly creative and impressive way,” said Larson. “I am so proud to see such talent in our local students. The Congressional App Challenge is a testament to the vitality of ideas. The winning app all started from a single idea, developed and improved upon by the entire group. I know Fabrizio, Isaiah, and Brandon all have bright futures ahead, possibly as part of Connecticut’s vibrant technology ecosystem. Certainly the skill and creativity they showed today will serve them in all their endeavors. Congratulations again to them all on a job truly well done.”

The CAC is an opportunity for local high school students in the First District to highlight their STEM skills and apply what they have learned in the classroom. Larson’s office received 10 app submissions from across the First District. Nationwide, over 2,100 high school students participated in the Challenge and 650 apps were designed.