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GBS Junior Named One Of Illinois Winners In National Congressional App Challenge

Glenbrook South Junior Lauren Ravury’s passion for computer science is being recognized nationally, because of a platform she created to educate her generation on a variety of topics.

Ravury ‘s App ‘Dear Gen Z’ dives into mental health awareness, environmental awareness, the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

“I was inspired to create this app because as a high school junior right now, it can be difficult for my classmates and me to realize that we can change the future by standing up for social issues that we believe in,” Ravury said.

The App was submitted to the Congressional App Challenge that saw over 3,000 functioning apps created by students nationwide. Only 308 of the apps won the challenge, because 308 members of Congress hosted the Congressional App Challenge in their districts.

Ravury’s app won Representative Janice Schakowky’s district in Illinois.

“This app is important because it gives Gen Z a way to become involved in social topics. Young people need to now see themselves as change-makers and drivers of political spaces and this app will help with that,” Ravury said.

Ravury spent over three months coding and researching different topics to include. She programmed the app using Swift, a programming language, and Xcode. Her favorite part of the app is the design and layout. Ravury’s older sister, GBS senior Kaitlyn Ravury, helped pick colors, format pages and video.

“Kaitlyn has motivated me throughout my entire process of creating this app. I do not think my app would have had as much success without her help in the design aspect,” Ravury said.

Ravury’s family has always encouraged her to follow her passion, which are computer science, law, politics and public speaking.

“I hope to combine these two fields by majoring in Computer Science and Public Policy when I attend college. After college, I hope to become a Software Engineer or a Patent Attorney representing technology companies,” Ravury said.

The next step for ‘Dear Gen Z’ is to publish it to the App Store. 

Ravury has been invited to attend the virtual House of Code Capitol Hill Reception in April where her app will be eligible to be displayed in the United States Capitol Building and the House of Representatives' website. 
GBS Junior Named One Of Illinois Winners In National Congressional App Challenge