Rep. Payne, Jr. Announces Winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge

Dec 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District. Gurvir Singh and Paul Niziolek of Linden High School in Linden, New Jersey, were named the winners for their gaming app, The Trials. Rep. Payne, Jr., issued the following statement:


“The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity for young people to innovate and create,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “I congratulate Gurvir and Paul for their work. They went above and beyond when creating The Trials. It shows their talent and determination. By investing in STEM education, our nation will continue to develop bright young stars like Gurvir and Paul. I’m proud to represent them and happy to send them congratulations.”


The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education by encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. Entries to the competition in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District were judged by a panel of local experts on several criteria, including quality of the idea, implementation of the idea, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.


As a winning app in the contest, The Trials will be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website and on a digital display in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.