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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces the Congressional App Challenge winners for Louisiana’s Fifth District

December 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Louisiana’s Fifth District was Hurricane Wyatt created by Garrett Gray, Zachary Reddick, and Wyatt Wiggins from Delhi Charter School.

Garrett, Zachary and Wyatt created their app after experiencing hurricane season in Louisiana and witnessing the confusion Hurricane Florence brought to the East Coast. The app walks through a scenario and presents the user with different choices to make in order to survive Hurricane Wyatt. Garrett served as the lead programmer, Wyatt created the video and Zach wrote the story line.

“Garrett, Zachary and Wyatt put a tremendous amount of effort into this app, building game and its story line from scratch,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. “Computer science and programming skills have become increasingly important in our world and I’m proud to see such skills being fostered and developed in Louisiana’s Fifth District.”

Garrett, Zachary and Wyatt are sophomores at Delhi Charter School in Richland Parish, and part of the Delhi Charter Robotics Team. All three plan to attend college for computer science or programming.

"We felt that at the American people needed to be more informed about disaster preparedness after recent events such as hurricanes Irma and Florence," said Garrett Gray, the lead programmer for the app.

The The Congressional App Challenge is an annual contest held by the U.S. House of Representatives. Each participating member of Congress challenges students in their district to create and submit an app to solve a district specific issue. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge are invited to showcase their app to Members of Congress and members of the tech community at the #HouseOfCode reception in Washington, D.C. The winning apps will then be on display for the year in the U.S. Capitol and on the House.gov website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in AWS credits, donated by Amazon Web Services’ AWS Educate program.