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Nov. 26, 2018 - Plano East Senior High Team Wins Congressional App Challenge for Texas District 3

Plano East Senior High School juniors Arun Eswara, Ali Farooqi, Kavin Sitsabeshon and Rajiv Swamy have captured the Texas’ Third Congressional District win in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for their app titled MediManage which helps people manage prescription and nonprescription drugs with more ease. The app is designed to help people verify if medication is counterfeit or genuine, maintain a schedule to help them remember to take their medication and facilitate doctor/patient communication.

The app was created using the App Lab. The students learned to create apps during the 2017-18 school year through the AP computer science principles course at Plano East taught by Scott McCleneghan and Karmen Harden.

Over 1,700 original student-created apps were submitted and over 5,000 students participated during the Congressional App Challenge spanning 45 states and territories. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives host the district-wide Congressional App Challenges for middle school and high school students to encourage them to learn to code and to inspire students to pursue careers in computer science.

The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception in Washington, DC in April 2019. The students' work is eligible to be featured for one year on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in AWS credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.

 Team photo with Congressman Johnson

Plano East Senior High School student winners of the Congressional App Challenge for Texas District 3 with Congressman Sam Johnson: Ali Farooqi, Rajiv Swamy, Kavin Sitsabeshon and Arun Eswara.