Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Recognizes Winners of 2016 Congressional App Challenge

Dec 12, 2016
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) announced the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s 25th District. The winners were selected by an independent panel of local technology and STEM leaders who served as judges. From the 25th District, twenty-one students from three schools submitted seven original student-created apps.


1st Place: “Deepstone” created by Blake Anderson and William Pembleton from Gulf Coast High School in Naples. (Pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart and Miami-Dade County School Board Member Susie V. Castillo)

2nd Place: “HW Tracker” created by Carolina Aguilar, Juancruz Gamero, and Nicholas Schnoor from Ronald Reagan High School in Doral. (Juancruz and Carolina pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart)


3rd Place: “Hit or Miss” created by Elizabeth Berenguer, Albert Charles, and Emilio De Leon from Jose Marti MAST Academy in Hialeah. (Emilio and Elizabeth pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart)

The Congressional App Challenge is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was first established by the Congressional Internet Caucus in 2014, and Co-Chairs Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo spearheaded the effort. In 2016, the App Challenge had 123 successful App Challenges hosted by Members of Congress, over 2100 student participants, and more than 650 original student-created apps submitted.