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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Honors Winners of Congressional App Challenge

March 7, 2016
Press Release
Team of four local high schoolers created app to match students selling and buying college textbooks

Staten Island, NY—March 7, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) honored a local team of tech-savvy high schoolers for winning his Congressional App Challenge. Donovan announced the App Challenge in December as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ focus on advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

Congressman Donovan said, “I’m so impressed with the ingenuity and creativity on display from these high school students. To compete in a 21st century global economy, young people must enter the workforce with unprecedented technological savvy. Our schools must keep pace with a strong emphasis on STEM education.”

The students showcased the winning app in a YouTube video. The app, called “Neuron,” creates a marketplace in which students can buy or sell college textbooks directly to one another. Donovan honored the team in a ceremony at his Staten Island District Office. Each team member received a certificate of commendation for their work and creativity in developing the Neuron app. The winning team also recently traveled to Washington, DC to showcase their technology at the Congressional App Challenge reception, where they also met with Rep. Donovan.

The winning app will be exhibited on a digital display in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.

The Winning Team

Nouran Ibrahim, Staten Island Technical High School
Dhvanil Shah, Staten Island Technical High School
Johan Ferreras, High school of Language and Innovation
Sagar Punjabi, Forest Hills High School