PHOTO: Haaland Announces Congressional App Competition Winners at Bosque High School

January 21, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) announced the winners of her Congressional App Competition at Bosque High School. At a press conference, Bosque High School students Silas Peeders, Ian Kahn, and Cassian Baker and their coach Mr. Matt Fike showed a video demonstration of the app they developed for the competition. Their app calculates the price of a meal after tax and tip.

“Jobs of the future are in technology, but sometimes our kids aren’t exposed to tech skills to keep up with increasing demand. My Congressional App Competition helps spur students’ minds to start thinking about technology and learning the skills to go with it. I’m proud of Silas Peeders, Ian Kahn, and Cassian Baker and am grateful to their coding coach, Mr. Fike for their persistence and creativity – they developed an app that is both innovative and practical,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.

As part of her efforts to build opportunities for kids in New Mexico, Congresswoman Deb Haaland holds an app building competition open to middle school and high school students who live or attend school in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. With good paying jobs in the tech sector in New Mexico, increasing access to STEM education is particularly important to students in the state.

“We wanted to design an app that was achievable, a challenge, and something that everyone could use, so we came up with this idea. We didn’t really know how to build and app at first, but we learned everything for this competition with the help of our coach,” said Ian Kahn.

“This competition is great for students, and these students did an incredible job learning a new coding system and putting it to good use,” said Mr. Matt Fike, the Bosque High School Coding Coach.

Students who are interested in participating in Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s Congressional App Competition next year should visit for more details: