Rep. Van Taylor Announces Winner of 2020 Congressional App Challenge

A Special Thanks to All Participants

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Plano, December 17, 2020 | Anna R. McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments

PLANO - Today, Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) announced the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), as well as several honorable mentions.

While discussing this year's submissions, Representative Taylor stated, "I would like to thank the students who participated in this year's Congressional App Challenge. My office received over 30 app submissions this year, and I'm extremely impressed with the level of talent and innovation exhibited by these young leaders. The STEM field is so important to the future of our nation's workforce, and it's exciting to see so many middle and high school students from across Texas' Third Congressional District taking interest in STEM skills and computer science."

On Thursday, Representative Taylor announced Srujan Mupparapu as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. Mr. Mupparapu, a 12th grader from Frisco's Liberty High school, created the UpGrade App to help students, teachers, and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. UpGrade, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, includes features such as an academic planner, GPA calculator, grade tracking system, and even includes a way for students to communicate with their teachers making learning from home easier.

The app also allows parents to monitor their child's learning activities. Additionally, UpGrade has partnered with a local non-profit allowing users of the app to utilize their services including free tutoring. Over 3,000 active users across all ten Frisco ISD High schools are currently using UpGrade, with plans to expand to other area schools in the near future. This Spring, Srujan will be honored along with other winners from across the country during the House of Code Event hosted by the Internet Education Foundation.

Honorable Mentions Include:

Participants App School
 Dhroov Bharatia IntelliGuard  Wilson Middle School
Akhil Kasamsetty, Vedanth Venkatesh, Shyam Bhagavatula  FooDono   Jasper High School
Sarvesh Sathish, Abhinav Bichal, & Rohan Chimalapti    OrangeAI   Texas Academy of Math and Science/Lebanon Trail High School

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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Tags: Education