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Kustoff Announces West Tennessee App Challenge Winners

December 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08), announced that Abdala Jabase from Houston High School (1st Place), Uthej Katikaneni from West Collierville Middle School (2nd Place), and Connor Jordan from Houston High School (3rd Place), are the overall winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for Tennessee’s 8th District. 

The winning app, “USA Knowledge”, created by Abdala Jabase, is a quiz to test people's knowledge about the geography, birds, and flags of each state in our country. Once the user is done with the quiz, the app chooses one of the states the user got wrong and redirects them to a website where they can learn more about that certain state.  

“Congratulations to Abdala, Uthej, and Connor on placing in this year’s Congressional App Challenge. Every year, I continue to be impressed by the ingenuity and talent displayed by those West Tennessee students who chose to submit an app,” said Rep. Kustoff. “Through your innovation and skill, each of you has the opportunity to positively impact your community. Thank you to everyone who applied to the App Challenge this year, and I hope you continue to showcase your talents in coding.”


App Challenge Winners:

1st Place:

Abdala Jabase 

“USA Knowledge”

Houston High School (12th Grade)


2nd Place:

Uthej Katikaneni

“Survival of the Fittest”

West Collierville Middle School (6th Grade)


3rd Place:

Connor Jordan

“Drop Shot Rally”

Houston High School (10th Grade)


1st Place Winner, Abdala Jabase from Houston High School

1st Place Winner, Abdala Jabase from Houston High School


The Congressional App Challenge began in 2014 as an effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and to encourage students to learn coding and computer science skills. Students in participating congressional districts compete against their peers by creating original software applications (“apps”). Winning apps are featured on the U.S. House of Representatives' website, the Congressional App Challenge website, and are displayed in a U.S. Capitol Building exhibit.