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SSA Student App Team Wins Congressional App Challenge

SSA Student App Developers at CAC Award CeremonyThe team of Shady Side Academy Senior School students who developed the SSA Student mobile app won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District.

The four student developers, seniors Henry Friedlander and Fuad Youssef, junior Peter Wang and freshman Nick Zana, were honored at an awards reception hosted by U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle on Monday, Dec. 4, at the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall. The students were accompanied by Computer Science Department Chair John Wizzard.

As the winning app from Congressional District PA-14, the SSA Student app will be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website and in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The SSA Student app was launched this fall and quickly become a must-have app for Senior School students. The app helps students manage their daily class schedules, taking into account cycle days, special schedules, assemblies and more, and enables students to share their schedules with friends, classmates and teachers via QR code to find common free and lunch periods. The app also stores the user's student ID barcode, has a digital planner for homework assignments, and includes in-app access to the school's daily bulletin, lunch menu, campus map, news feed and more. Download the SSA Student app in the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by giving students an opportunity to have their efforts recognized by their Member of Congress. The competition is open to all students in grades K-12, regardless of coding experience.

Apps submitted to the PA-14 district competition were evaluated based on creativity, implementation, demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills. Students had to submit a summary and a video describing their app and their learning process throughout the competition. A panel of judges from prominent tech programs in PA-14 evaluated the apps and selected the winning app.

Congratulations to the entire SSA Student App team!

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