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Airport High School Student Wins 2018 Congressional App Challenge

December 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, as part of Computer Science Education Week, Congressman Tim Walberg announced MacKenzie Bucki as the winner of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Michigan’s 7th District. MacKenzie, a sophomore at Airport High School in Carleton, is the daughter of Charles and Danyel Bucki. Her winning app, “Finance Land,” is financial literacy game designed to teach money management skills to autistic children.

“In today’s workforce, technology and coding skills are increasingly in-demand, and this competition is a unique way to encourage students to innovate and enhance their skills,” said Walberg. “Congratulations to MacKenzie on her thoughtful concept and winning this year's contest. She decided to create her app after volunteering with autistic children and discovering a lack of financial literacy resources available for them. MacKenzie’s app shows a tremendous creative spirit and commitment to helping those in her community.”

The Congressional App Challenge, now in its fourth year, is a nationwide contest designed to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by encouraging students to create an app for a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. By winning the Congressional App Challenge, MacKenzie will be invited to visit Washington, D.C. in the spring to showcase her app to Members of Congress at the House Of Code event. MacKenzie’s app will also be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives website along with other winning entries from around the country.