Representative Kelly Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge Winners

Jan 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Representative Mike Kelly announced today that Elyse Chess and Brooke Lassinger are the winners of Pennsylvania's 16th District 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The app they created called "Let's Get Down to Buzzness," is an educational game app that allows players to engage in a business venture. Second place winners Noah Bernarding and Janice Comstock created "Lifesaver," an app through which users can easily report emergencies to police. Third place winner Mackenzie McGraw's "Homework Reminder" helps students record homework assignments and set reminders for when it's due. These winners were selected by an independent board of judges who evaluated each app across three criteria including concept, design, and skill. 

"Congratulations to Elyse and Brooke for winning this year's Congressional App Challenge, and thank you to all the participants in the program," said Kelly. Each of you are exceptional students with God-given creative talent. By participating in this challenge you developed computer coding skills that are crucial to America's economic future, and your work tells us that future is bright!"


Congress created the CAC to foster and highlight STEM and computer-based skills in America, which faces a shortage of programmers. The program encourages students to learn the skills necessary to fill these well-paying, in-demand jobs, an investment that seeks to maintain U.S. competitiveness. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognize them for their efforts.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit and review the 2019 rules. If you have any questions regarding the CAC for PA16 specifically, Congressman Kelly's Butler District Office staff is available to assist you.