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Vineland students’ ‘Eating Green’ app wins 2nd District Congressional Challenge

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MAYS LANDING — Three students from Veterans Memorial Middle School in Vineland defeated 16 other teams to win the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge sponsored by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd.

Liakadja Whitesell, Hannah Tamagni and Nishi Gupta designed “Eating Green,” a mobile application to help consumers navigate Food and Drug Administration recall notices, as well as health ratings of local restaurants.

The winners were announced during a ceremony and reception Sunday at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

“Congratulations to Liakadja, Hannah and Nishi for their innovative and informative app. It is clear they were looking to assist Americans’ desire to eat healthy and know the latest recall notices for unsafe foods. I was impressed by the substantial thought and execution displayed in this app,” LoBiondo said.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide competition to encourage middle and high school students to learn how to code. Judges for the 2nd Congressional District were Holly Cyrus, project manager at the FAA Technical Center; Adam Greco, air traffic domain director at the FAA Technical Center; Cape May County Technical School Superintendent Nancy Hudanich; Thomas Fien, robotics club adviser at Cumberland County Technical Education Center; and Peter D’Amico, computer engineer at the FAA Technical Center.

The challenge highlights the value of computer science and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. This is the first year middle school students were invited to compete.

“I applaud all of the students who participated in this year’s Congressional App Challenge and encourage you and your classmates to continue creating forward-looking technology,” LoBiondo said.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.