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Destini Brown of Gwynn Park High School won first place in the 5th annual Congressional App Challenge hosted by Rep. Steny Hoyer.

Her “How Are You Feeling?” mobile app is designed to help autistic children communicate their emotions. Gwynn Park student Austin Wilson won third place with his app “Slithery Learning,” designed to help students’ study and learning.

“I applaud each student who participated in this year’s Congressional App Challenge,” Hoyer said. “There were many outstanding submissions, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into each app.”

The Congressional App Challenge was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 as a nationwide event which invites middle and high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete as individuals or groups up to four.

Scholar of the Week

Suitland High School scholar-athlete and third-year Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps student Destiny Brevard has been named as a Scholar of the Week.

Destiny has a plan for the future that honors her family and country while also blazing her own path.

“My dad’s side of the family is all military,” she said. “My grandfather was a big influence on our family and I want to follow the tradition.”

A multi-sport athlete, throughout high school Destiny has participated in track, basketball, softball, cross country, dance and flag football.

Her involvement in athletics led to several sports injuries, but she says the experiences actually inspired her career choice; she wants to study health sciences or sports medicine in college to become a physical therapist.

In addition to JROTC, Destiny is a member of the Suitland High School National Honor Society and participates in recycling, drill team and softball. In the community she volunteers through food drives, serving the homeless and creating care packages for military. And with all of this, she finished her first quarter of senior year with a 3.9 GPA.

Although Destiny has been accepted to many colleges and universities, she describes Howard University as her “dream school.”

Programs Deadline

Friday, Dec. 14 is the last day to apply for middle and high school specialty programs, as well as the Creative and Performing Arts and Visual and Performing Arts programs.

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