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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

DeSaulnier Announces Danville Teen Winner of “2015 Congressional App Challenge” for Contra Costa County

February 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the winner of the Eleventh District 2015 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), Monte Vista High School junior Trisha Sanghal of Danville, whose winning app named “Music Makerz” seeks to facilitate the teaching and learning of music and helps coordinate music programs. The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

"Trisha’s work showcases the young programming and innovation talent in our district. I am proud to congratulate her and look forward to seeing Music Makerz displayed at the U.S. Capitol,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The runners-up were Campolindo High School students Ray and Ross Altenberg from Moraga and their teammate Alan Brilliant from San Mateo, whose app increases accessibility to BART maps to assist commuters.

Judges for the Eleventh District Congressional App Challenge were:

Michael Fullmore, Pinterest, Systems Architect/Sales

Mike Lawrence, Computer Using Educators (CUE), Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly Paternoster, Wicked Code, Inc., President

For more information on the Congressional App Challenge, please visit

Photo caption: Congressman DeSaulnier with 2015 Congressional App Challenge winner Trisha Sanghal (left) and runner-up Ray Altenberg (right).