Official Press Release November 20, 2017

Official Press Release November 20, 2017

Congressional App Challenge

CCA Computer Science Student Wins Congressional App Challenge

[Vint Hill, VA] – Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), announced today that Conlan Rupp, a seventh-grade student enrolled in a middle school computer science class, is the winner of the Virginia 5th Congressional District in the national Congressional App Challenge.

The winning app is a simulated air hockey game coded using the MIT App Inventor 2 programming language. Rupp calls his app “Striker” and says, ““This app is for kids of all ages. It is a fun app I hope people will enjoy.”

John Tittle, lead STEM teacher at the school, describes Rupp as an “aspiring young programmer to watch” and says the Congressional App Challenge is “an excellent opportunity to encourage and showcase the growing skills of our students.”

Nearly 4,000 students in 33 states participated in the contest. As the winner of the challenge for his district, Rupp will receive $250 worth of prizes, in addition to being invited to a formal reception in Washington D.C. His app will also be featured in congressional publications and is eligible to be displayed in the Capitol Building and on

About CCA

Covenant Christian Academy (CCA) is a K-12 University-Model® School with over 200 students enrolled. The school opened in 2009, received national certification in 2015, and accreditation with AdvancED (SACS CASI) in 2017. CCA follows a unique educational model combining on-campus instruction two or three days a week with home instruction on alternate days. The school’s STEM program includes engineering and computer science classes, as well as related extracurricular activities such as robotics, drones, and 3D printing. Students come from five different Virginia counties, and all educational backgrounds. For more information, visit or call 540-680-4111.

About the Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The CAC is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district, and coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation. For more information, visit

Photo: Conlan Rupp in the CCA STEM Lab with his computer science teachers

Media Contact: 

Amanda Bryson, Assistant Head of School


Conlan Winner