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Larson Recognizes Winners of the First District’s Congressional App Challenge

February 22, 2018
Press Release

Manchester, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) recognized Nathan Poulin and Brianna Trask with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for designing the winning app, Spectrum Adventure, for the First District’s 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Both are students at Howell Cheney Technical High School. Poulin is from South Windsor and Trask is from Manchester.

“Nathan and Brianna’s app is a combination of art, technology, and education all in one. I offer them both a big congratulations for their efforts,” said Larson. “It is amazing to see such talent in our local students. Their app, Spectrum Adventure, is a testament to the vitality of ideas. Their design started from a single idea, it was then developed and improved upon by them both. I know that with the training they received from Howell Cheney Technical High School, both Nathan and Brianna have bright futures ahead. Certainly the skill and creativity they showed today will serve them in all their endeavors. A big thanks to their instructors, Ed Knoeckel (Department Head) and John Buxton (Instructor of Cheney Tech's Information System Technology Shop) and Principal Robert Sartoris, for providing the environment for students to learn, thrive, and be creative. Congratulations again to Nathan and Brianna 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 20 app submissions from across the First District. 190 Congressional Districts across 42 states participated in the 2017 competition, with 4,100 students participating. 1,270 apps were designed nationwide.