A trio of students at Bishop Kearney High School have won the third annual Congressional App Challenge for New York’s 25th Congressional District. When three Bishop Kearney students couldn’t find an easy way to search college athletic scholarships, they decided to create an app.
“It shows the head coaches contacts from all the different schools for different sports,” said Emily Phelan, one of the girls who helped to develop the app.
For now, the FutureU Sports app links athletes with college coaches and other contacts based on three sports: basketball, softball and volleyball.
“I tried to reach out to coaches, but it was really hard to go to all the college websites and athletic websites,” Phelan said.
Emily Phelan, Michelle Russotti and Lilly Wellman were honored in a ceremony at the school on Tuesday, Jan.17, with an official announcement an awards presentation by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of Fairport that was covered by three local television news stations.
“It’s important to be recognized by Louise Slaughter for their efforts and the hard work they’ve put into this app,” said Christina Smith, technology teacher at Bishop Kearney. “They’re just freshman and through this project they grew and gained a lot of experience.”
Slaughter revealed that the Bishop Kearney team’s entry was chosen from a field of more than 20 competitors. Slaughter spoke about the importance of having young women taking on leadership roles in the areas of technology and science. She also expressed her gratitude to Bishop Kearney’s principal and faculty for having an academic environment that fosters creativity and prepares young people to be leaders in the 21st century. Slaughter launched this competition in September to help stimulate high school students’ creativity and increase participation in STEM education fields.
Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to create and exhibit their app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.
The winning team’s app will also be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (House.gov) and displayed in the U.S. Capitol.