Pecos High School Students Win 2018 TX-23 Congressional App Challenge

December 5, 2018
Press Release
West Texas students create app to stay safe on the road

PECOS, TX – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) named Joshua Price and Daniel Paris of Pecos High School the winners of this year’s TX-23 Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging high school students to code by creating their own digital applications. After their friend lost his life in a car accident, the Pecos High School students created an application called “Drive Safe,” to provide a convenient way for drivers to contact emergency services and loved ones without having to reach for their phone after an accident.

“In today’s interconnected world, the future of our nation’s economy and security depends on having enough creative problem solvers to tackle tomorrow’s problems,” said Hurd, a computer science major and cybersecurity entrepreneur. “I am proud of the hard work put in by Joshua and Daniel to learn coding concepts and create an app that not only pays tribute to their friend but also can potentially save lives. I also applaud the work of all the South and West Texas students who participated in this year’s challenge, and I will continue to champion initiatives that encourage all of our students to learn computer science.”

"For the US to stay globally competitive, we, as teachers, must train our students to become innovative problem solvers. We must make it our duty to show them what's possible and give them opportunities to learn the technology that will get them there,” said Jerald Jolito, Pecos High School Science and Robotics Teacher.

The Congressional App Challenge Winners receive $250 in Amazon Web Services promotional credits and a travel voucher courtesy of Southwest Airlines.