Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Kalāheo High Student as Winner of Congressional App Challenge

December 30, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced Jasmine Cadotte, a sophomore at Kalāheo High School in Kailua, Oʻahu, as the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Hawaiʻi’s second congressional district. Cadotte developed an app called Fake News Detector, which uses artificial intelligence to sift through news stories on social media and analyzes the credibility of its sources.

“I was inspired to create this app because as a user of technology in our modern society, I am constantly surrounded by fake news that is disguised all over the internet. It can be very difficult to determine whether or not a source is reliable,” Cadotte said. “This tool saves people the time and effort of sorting through news to find out if it is reliable information."

Second place went to Morgan Dean, a senior at Hawaiʻi Preparatory in Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island, whose app Media Manager helps wrangle duplicate files and unorganized folders.

Third place went to the team of Hunter Shields and Conner Kong, juniors at Maui High in Kahului, Maui. Their app Maui XC Maps provides easy access to maps of cross country running routes on Maui.

Honorable mention went to the Maui High team of freshmen Josh Patrick Lachica and Jordan Shim. Their app ProgressTracker graphs scores in air riflery to track friendly competition.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: “Hawaiʻi’s youth are incredibly talented, and they bring fresh perspectives to our society’s challenges. The Congressional App Challenge is one way for us to recognize the creativity, innovation, and coding abilities of our students. Congratulations to Jasmine, Morgan, Hunter, Conner, Josh and Jordan, and mahalo nui loa to all of the students who submitted an app, the judges, teachers, and parents who support our students, and our community for prioritizing STEM skills that set our future leaders up for success.”

This year’s panel of local Congressional App Challenge judges included Cheyenne Ehrlich, Founder and CEO of SaferKid; Peter Liu, Founder of 47scapes; and Steve Sue, Chairman of Bizgenics.


Background: The Congressional App Challenge inspires, includes, and innovates efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education among middle and high school students in Hawai‘i and across the country. The winners of the Congressional App Challenge will be invited to Washington, DC in the Spring of 2020 to showcase their apps at the #HouseofCode event in the U.S. Capitol.


About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...


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