Video+Story: Del Valle High School Students Win Congressional App Challenge

U.S. Representative Will Hurd announced the district-wide winners for the Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications.

Del Valle High School students Emmanuel Oyervides and Lorenzo Holguin, both seniors, won the TX-23 title for their app, IDME, which takes attendance electronically as students enter the classroom.

“Our app was created with our teachers in mind,” explained Oyervides and Holguin in their app submission. “What our app is trying to accomplish is to make taking attendance faster and more efficient since we noticed that our teachers would take a very long time to take attendance, shortening our class time. Our app was able to successfully save time by speeding up the attendance process.”

“The future of our economy depends on our ability to educate students in STEM fields. With exposure to these types of careers early on, kids like Emmanuel and Lorenzo will go on to develop the disruptive technologies of tomorrow that will alter and potentially save lives,” said Hurd, who congratulated the students via FaceTime while in Washington, D.C. for votes. “I am particularly impressed at how these young leaders used technology to solve an everyday problem, and I will continue to champion initiatives that inspire students to pursue computer science.”

“We are so proud of Emmanuel and Lorenzo for this exciting accomplishment,” said Martin Armendariz, the students’ teacher. “At Del Valle High School, students are introduced to computer science, mechanical engineering, and electronics so that they can excel in STEM fields throughout life.

Emmanuel and Lorenzo have demonstrated their hard work and commitment to computer science time and time again as district champions of the UIL Computer Science competition, world competitors at the VEX robotics competition, and now as winners of the Congressional App Challenge.

They continue to work hard and inspire other students, and the whole Del Valle community is proud.”

The students will each receive $200 in cloud-based services, donated by Amazon Web Services, and will be congratulated in person by Rep. Hurd.

Their app will be put on display in the Capitol Building on and on