ERHS students received recognition in the inaugural Congressional App Challenge

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:01


Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Keith Jacobus (Superintendent); Kristine Schaefer (Assistant Superintendent); Raj Patel; Don Winston (ERHS teacher); Betty McCollum (Congresswoman); Jim Smokrovich (ERHS Principal); Archit Das. 

Two East Ridge High School students were recognized on November 26, 2018, by Congresswoman, Ms. Betty McCollum, for their achievements in the inaugural Congressional App Challenge. Archit Das and Raj Patel were recognized.  To read more, click here

Archit Das was awarded the winner of the inaugural Fourth Congressional District App Challenge. The app, called Happy Weight!, was chosen by a panel of technology experts from the Fourth Congressional District. Designed to help users lead a healthier lifestyle, the app allows users to track their weight and measure their progress against their weight goals. Das was inspired to create Happy Weight! after learning about how much money Americans spend on treating obesity related illnessesAs winner of this year’s competition, Das will receive Amazon Web Service Credits and may have his entry featured in a display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

During her visit to East Ridge, Congresswoman McCollum also congratulated App Challenge finalist Raj Patel for his app titled DayCare, which helps people learn about and counter the effects of depression, anxiety, and stress.