Conlan Rupp Wins Congressional App Challenge

Covenant​ ​Christian​ ​Academy​ ​(CCA),​ ​announced​ ​today​ ​that​ ​Conlan​ ​Rupp,​ ​a seventh-grade​ ​student​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​a​ ​middle​ ​school​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​class,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Virginia 5th​ ​Congressional​ ​District​ ​in​ ​the​ ​national​ ​Congressional​ ​App​ ​Challenge. The​ ​winning​ ​app​ ​is​ ​a​ ​simulated​ ​air​ ​hockey​ ​game​ ​coded​ ​using​ ​the​ ​MIT​ ​App​ ​Inventor​ ​2​ ​programming language.​ ​Rupp​ ​calls​ ​his​ ​app​ ​“Striker”​ ​and​ ​says,​ ​“This​ ​app​ ​is​ ​for​ ​kids​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​app​ ​I​ ​hope people​ ​will​ ​enjoy.” John​ ​Tittle,​ ​lead​ ​STEM​ ​teacher​ ​at​ ​the​ ​school,​ ​describes​ ​Rupp​ ​as​ ​an​ ​“aspiring​ ​young​ ​programmer​ ​to watch”​ ​and​ ​says​ ​the​ ​Congressional​ ​App​ ​Challenge​ ​is​ ​“an​ ​excellent​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​and showcase​ ​the​ ​growing​ ​skills​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students.” Nearly​ ​4,000​ ​students​ ​in​ ​33​ ​states​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​contest.​ ​As​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​challenge​ ​for​ ​his district,​ ​Rupp​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​$250​ ​worth​ ​of​ ​prizes,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​being​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​reception​ ​in Washington​ ​D.C.​ ​His​ ​app​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​congressional​ ​publications​ ​and​ ​is​ ​eligible​ ​to​ ​be​ ​displayed in​ ​the​ ​Capitol​ ​Building​ ​and​ ​on​ ​

About​ ​the​ ​Congressional​ ​App​ ​Challenge

The​ ​Congressional​ ​App​ ​Challenge​ ​(CAC)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​public​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​kids​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​code, through​ ​annual​ ​district-wide​ ​competitions​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​Members​ ​of​ ​Congress​ ​for​ ​their​ ​district.​ ​Students​ ​in participating​ ​districts​ ​code​ ​original​ ​applications​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​be​ ​selected​ ​for​ ​recognition​ ​by​ ​their Member​ ​of​ ​Congress,​ ​win​ ​prizes,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​their​ ​work​ ​put​ ​on​ ​display​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Capitol​ ​Building​ ​in Washington,​ ​DC.​ ​The​ ​CAC​ ​is​ ​executed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Congressional​ ​staff​ ​of​ ​each​ ​participating​ ​district,​ ​and coordinated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Congressional​ ​Internet​ ​Caucus​ ​and​ ​the​ ​non-governmental​ ​sponsor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project,​ ​the Internet​ ​Education​ ​Foundation.​ ​For​ ​more​ ​information,​ ​visit​ ​

About CCA

Covenant​ ​Christian​ ​Academy​ ​(CCA)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​K-12​ ​University-Model®​ ​School​ ​with​ ​over​ ​200​ ​students​ ​enrolled. The​ ​school​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​2009,​ ​received​ ​national​ ​certification​ ​in​ ​2015,​ ​and​ ​accreditation​ ​with​ ​AdvancED (SACS​ ​CASI)​ ​in​ ​2017.​ ​CCA​ ​follows​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​educational​ ​model​ ​combining​ ​on-campus​ ​instruction​ ​two​ ​or three​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week​ ​with​ ​home​ ​instruction​ ​on​ ​alternate​ ​days.​ ​The​ ​school’s​ ​STEM​ ​program​ ​includes engineering​ ​and​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​classes,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​related​ ​extracurricular​ ​activities​ ​such​ ​as​ ​robotics, drones,​ ​and​ ​3D​ ​printing.​ ​Students​ ​come​ ​from​ ​five​ ​different​ ​Virginia​ ​counties​ ​and​ ​all​ ​educational backgrounds.​ ​For​ ​more​ ​information,​ ​visit​ ​​ ​or​ ​call​ ​540-680-4111.

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