OLEAN, NY  – Raina Barboza, a senior at Olean High School, has been named the NY 23rd Congressional District winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge.

Barboza’s winning app, called “SimplyUtility,” is a basic utility app that contains a variety of tools such as a calculator, a translator, a sketchpad and a chatting feature.

“Raina’s creativity, thoughtfulness and ingenuity really shine through in this app,” Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the district in Congress, said. “This is a great achievement, and we are thrilled to announce Raina as our district’s winner.”

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Barboza said she created the app at the suggestion of a community member who asked for a simple app that would be fun for a child, but would also help them with different educational tasks. 

The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM, coding and computer science education. The district-wide challenges are open to middle school and high school students.

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