Jamaica students winners of congressional app contest

Meng App Contest Winners Photo

Two local high school standouts have won their local congressional app contest, and will present their app on Capitol Hill in April.

Jashua Veerasammy and Arun Budhoo, juniors at Thomas Edison High school in Jamaica, were chosen among 15 students who competed in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s district.

The 16-year-olds created an app called “VIVID,” which seeks to help people become motivated and confident in fitness and health by going to the gym.

They submitted a video about their app, which can be viewed here.

Veerasammy and Budhoo will now showcase VIVID to members of Congress and the tech community in April, during a reception called #HouseOfCode. Their app will be eligible to be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Oh, and the high school students were awarded $250 in Amazon web credits and a $100 gift card from Southwest Airlines. Not bad!

“We first entered the contest for fun, then got serious about creating an app that could make a difference in people’s lives,” Veerasammy and Budhoo said. “We brainstormed ideas for many hours, put our creativity to the test, and came up with an app to help people be fit and health.”

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