Kuster meets with Nashua student to discuss app

Courtesy photo U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., meets with Nashua High School South student Neil Kachappilly to discuss his ‘Mood Picker Upper’ app.

NASHUA – This week, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., met with Neil Kachappilly, the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.

Kachappilly, a student at Nashua High School South, created an app called the Mood Picker Upper, which aims to help people upkeep and improve their mental health.

“It was great to meet with Neil to congratulate him and learn more about his app,” Kuster said. “Neil’s app spreads positivity and encouragement — something we can all use more of. His app can help young people in New Hampshire and across the country improve their mental well-being. I’m proud of Neil’s work and I look forward to seeing and recognizing future accomplishments of young Granite Staters. I want to extend my appreciation to all the young people who submitted apps for consideration.”

“I am honored to have been selected the winner of this year’s congressional app challenge; it feels great to have been recognized for my work,” Kachappilly said. “I am very excited to be going to the House of Code at the Capitol in March and also extremely grateful to everyone who played a part in providing me with this opportunity, especially Congresswoman Kuster and her team. It was an amazing experience to meet her and discuss my app, as well as how we can move forward in promoting similar initiatives in the future so that more students can be involved.”

The Congressional App Challenge was launched by the House in 2015 to promote innovation and engagement in computer science. It gives students across the country the opportunity to compete against their peers by creating an application (“app”) for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, and other devices. The winning app, chosen by a panel of judges, is displayed in the U.S. Capitol.


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