A team of three young women from Boardman High School has won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for the 13th Congressional District. Juniors Emma Davis and Ranean Sulebi, and senior Alara Erzurum invented an android app entitled “The Ohio Gun Obtaining Quiz.” It’s an informative app with a goal of creating awareness of Ohio’s current gun laws.
The app gives examples of scenarios that could happen when someone is trying to buy a gun in Ohio. The user goes through a series of yes or no questions and answers whether a person can legally buy or carry a gun in the described scenario. An explanation for the correct answer appears on the screen following the users response.
According to Emma, Alara and Ranean, the app was inspired by the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio on August 4th of this year--17 people were killed and 27 were injured. “We thought people need to know and understand the current gun laws in Ohio before we can tackle what might need to be done next. The goal is to prevent future tragedies like the Dayton shooting,” the girls explained.
Congressman Tim Ryan is among more than 300 members of Congress to host a contest in his district, and now the Boardman team will be invited to Washington DC in the spring to showcase their app alongside students who won in congressional districts across the country.
“Our students in Northeast Ohio are exceptional and second to none. This app from Emma, Alara, and Ranean from Boardman High School not only demonstrates that, but shows our young people are actively engaging with what’s happening in our society. These three students responded to a tragedy that shook Ohio by creating an innovative app to better inform Ohioans about our current gun laws,” said Congressman Ryan.
"I am so proud of these three young ladies," said BHS technology teacher Evelyn Stanton. "They used their individual strengths to research the topic, provide good information and present it in a colorful and eye catching way. They used the skills learned in our App class, and ran with them!"
The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage students to learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in computer science. More than 10,000 students registered for the contest this year, and more than 2,200 functioning apps were created.