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Napolitano Congatulates Emma Lin of West Covina, Winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for CA-32

February 21, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) congratulated Emma Lin of West Covina, winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 32nd District.

Lin, a resident of West Covina and current 9th grader at Walnut High School, designed and created “Emergency Communicator,” an app that allows school staff and students to communicate with each other in times of emergency. App users are able to select whether they are a student or a teacher immediately after opening the app. The student screen allows students to provide feedback to everyone, indicating where they are and how they are, allowing teachers to locate them and provide help if needed. The teacher’s screen allows for transmitting messages to the entire school or to just other faculty and staff.

“We proudly congratulate Emma on her innovative Emergency Communicator App and winning our District’s app challenge,” Napolitano said. “The ingenuity and thought behind this app show just why Emma and her peers are our future leaders and why STEM is so important for our preparedness and safety. We hope her success inspires other students in our community and across the country.”

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging students to learn how to code by creating their own applications to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. After a successful inaugural year hosting the competition, Napolitano plans to participate again in 2020. More information about the Congressional App Challenge can be found here.

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