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Pictured above from left to right are Casey Haugen, Dagmar Beckel and Peter Wise. The trio created a mobile application that was submitted for the Congressional App Challenge, a national competition. Winners boast the most prestigious prize for students in computer science.

Guest article By Dagmar Beckel 

It is hard enough to get a teenager to do their required school work, but imagine a group of teenagers spending their summer working on a project that is not required! With admirable self-motivation, Dagmar Beckel, Casey Haugen, and Peter Wise decided to pursue the Congressional App Challenge Competition. (

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