Fullerton School District was well represented in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge and it was standing room only at the 2017 Exhibit and Awards Ceremony held December 4, 2017 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. In total, 138 teams – comprised of 407 students from 17 schools – competed in this year’s competition, making it the largest in the county. Fullerton School District students accounted for over 76% of the participants representing six schools – Beechwood, Fisler, Laguna Road, Nicolas, Pacific Drive, and Parks.
Fullerton School District parents and staff showed up in force and quickly filled up the 700+ seats at the venue with students filling in spots on the floor. A panel of independent judges determined the winning team of the competition that featured mobile applications created by students. Judging was based on factors such as quality of the application’s operations, implementation of the application’s concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
Although Fullerton School District students did not walk away with the grand prize, they walked away with smiles, a great sense of pride, and some amazing accomplishments. Students from Fisler School placed first and second in the Elementary Division with teams from Pacific Drive, Valencia Park, Beechwood, Fisler, and Laguna Road Schools receiving Honorable Mention Certificates. In the Middle School Division, a team from Nicolas Junior High School won first place and a student from Parks Junior High School won second place. Two teams from Beechwood School rounded out that category with Honorable Mention Certificates. With an app called CORE, a Nicolas Junior High School team consisting of Jacob Kim, Roger Magallon, Moses Amador, and Alexis Nila were awarded second place overall. This group of students created and app that was ranked by an outside panel as second out of 138 submissions.
“We are so proud of all of our students and look forward to our continued participation in the Congressional App Challenge,” stated Dr. Robert Pletka, Superintendent of the Fullerton School District. “Look for our students to take the top place overall next year,” he added.