SRVHS junior's 'Allergy Blast' wins local Congressional App Challenge

DeSaulnier lauds 'creative, potentially lifesaving app' that quickly shares info on allergies, medications

Danville teen Jasmine Steele took first place at the district level in this year's Congressional App Challenge for her original app that provides a platform for people to easily and quickly share allergy and medication information, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) announced this week.

The San Ramon Valley High School junior designed her "Allergy Blast" app with children, seniors and people with special needs in mind to help them more effectively share the important information with their schools or caregivers, according to DeSaulnier's office.

"I am proud of the innovative young programmers in our district who participated in this year's app challenge. I congratulate Jasmine on the design of her creative and potentially lifesaving app, and look forward to seeing 'Allergy Blast' represent Contra Costa County on display in the United States Capitol," said DeSaulnier, whose 11th Congressional District includes Danville and Alamo.

The competition, which took place in participating congressional districts throughout the country, aimed to encourage high school students to learn coding through the innovation of their applications and to learn more in computer science as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

Steele's "Allergy Blast" app rose to the top among the submissions during judging in DeSaulnier's district.

The congressman, who was re-elected to his second term last month, also praised three runner-up projects in his district's competition submitted respectively by Alamo's Matt Moss, a senior at Monte Vista High; Danville's Michael Chou, a Monte Vista junior; and Ray and Ross Altenberg of Moraga with their teammate Alan Brilliant from San Mateo.

The panel of judges were Muktesh Mishra (senior software engineer, Capital One), Shaun Webb (product and POC management, Capital One) and Sudha Jamthe (part-time instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies, Technology).

Contest-winner Steele is not related to San Ramon Valley High principal Ruth Steele, according to school district officials.

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