U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The winning team was led by Sakun Chitraacharige and Mika Sudhir, two students from Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla. Chitraacharige and Sudhir worked alongside two friends from Colorado and California to create “Fulcra.” Fulcra is an online micro-blogging software application designed to empower people suffering from mental illness or any form of abuse—including substance, physical, and mental abuse—to speak up by giving them a medium to discuss their experiences freely. The team will now have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. next spring to showcase their app to Members of Congress and the tech community. The Congressional App Challenge is part of a national effort to support and encourage education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).
“I am so proud of these students for using their talents and passion to tackle issues as important as mental health and substance abuse,”Murphy said. “Sakun, Mika, and their incredible team have bright futures ahead of them. I’m grateful to the teachers, parents, and mentors who inspire students like these to pursue their dreams, and I will continue to do my part to support STEAM development in our schools.”
Nearly 9,000 high school students have participated in the Congressional App Challenge since it launched in 2015. Through this nationwide competition, the Internet Education Foundation seeks to foster a youth appreciation for computer science and STEM.