Patuxent High Student wins Hoyers 5th Annual Fifth District App Challenge

News Release, Office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer(D-Md-05)

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Congressional App Challenge for the Fifth District. 

This year, Patuxent High School student Matthew Hunter won first place with his app, “The Art of Cryptography.” Matthew’s app aims to help individuals understand cryptography and allows users of the app to decode ciphers. 

Karley Trinidad and Aubrey Zeltwanger, both from Patuxent High School, won second place for their app, “Safer Together,” which provides students, teachers, and administrators with specific instructions during various types of school emergencies.  

Patuxent High School student Alyssa Mazzone and Gwynn Park High School student Kehniah Watts tied for third place. Alyssa’s app, “Striving and Driving,” is a memory challenge game. Kehniah’s app, “NaxaNow,” teaches students about the opioid epidemic and provides resources to help those struggling with addiction. 

“I join in congratulating the winners and everyone who participated in the fifth annual Fifth District Congressional App Challenge,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I was extremely impressed by the creativity displayed by students this year, as well as the hard work and dedication they put into each of their apps. I also applaud their efforts to address issues confronting our communities, such as public safety and opioid abuse. Congratulations to Matthew, Karley, Aubrey, Alyssa, and Kehniah for their winning apps, and I encourage all Fifth District students to consider participating in next year’s competition.” 

The Congressional App Challenge was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 as a nationwide event that invites middle and high school students from all participating Congressional districts to compete as individuals or groups up to four. Students work to create and present an original software application, or “app,” for a mobile, tablet, or computer platform of their choosing. 

The contest is modeled after the long-successful Congressional Art Competition and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields. Students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District were invited to join the Fifth District App Challenge. The winning app will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside other winners from the nation. Additionally, the first-place winner will receive $250 Amazon Web Services credits and receive an invitation to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington DC.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.



Share with:


David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

David M. Higgins II has 10012 posts and counting. See all posts by David M. Higgins II