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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Honors Winner of 2016 Congressional App Challenge

December 12, 2016
Press Release
Local high school senior uses computer programming skills to develop operating system and programs

Staten Island, NY—December 12, 2016….Today, Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) honored Robert Avenoso, a senior at Tottenville High School, for winning the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. The Challenge is a nationwide competition aimed at encouraging elementary and high school students to pursue an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Congressman Donovan said, “It’s truly inspiring to see students use their creativity and skill to develop novel programs and applications, and I congratulate Robert on winning the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. This competition showcases the innovative spirit of the next generation and exemplifies the importance of investing in STEM education.”

Robert’s winning app, entitled SlayaOs, creates a computer operating system with built in programs for users. The SlayaOs programs include a text editor to type documents, an art editor application, an encryption program, and a number game that challenges users. Donovan honored Robert with a certificate of commendation for his application development, which was presented in a ceremony at his Staten Island District Office.

Entries were reviewed by a panel of local experts and judged on the criteria of originality, creativity, and quality of the app design. The winning app will be exhibited on a digital display in the U.S. Capitol building and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

To learn more and view the winning app, click here.