Tri-Tech Skills Center Students Win Congressional App-Design Challenge

December 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the winners of the Fourth Congressional District’s second annual Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for high school students. Tri-Tech Skills Center seniors Tobias (Toby) Williams, Jamas Middleton, and Elijah Stiham, of Kennewick, have been named the competition winners for their app called “Trinity Complex,” which is an open world, first-person game app in which the player must navigate through a virtual environment to collect six keys.

“The Congressional App Challenge encourages development of the creativity and computer skills that our young people will need to succeed,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I am proud to recognize Toby Williams, Jamas Middleton, and Elijah Stiham for their team’s achievement in winning the Fourth Congressional District’s second annual Congressional App Challenge.”

You can see a preview of the app by clicking here.

The winning app was selected by a panel of local judges and will receive a prize tour of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The winners will also share $400 in Amazon Web Services credits donated by Amazon for the challenge.

The winning app will be featured on a video display in the U.S. Capitol building.

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) was created because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% between 2008 and 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations. According to some estimates, the U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018. To maintain American competitiveness, it is crucial that the U.S. industry invest in our youth now and help them acquire necessary STEM-based skills. The CAC highlights and encourages students to pursue those skills.

Last year’s Fourth District App Challenge winners, Cinthia Santiago Villanueva and Esmeralda Lopez, students at Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, won the challenge with an app they designed called the Agricultural Job Finder.