March 15, 2023 –

Congratulations to all of the Hartland High School students that competed in the 2022 Congressional App Challenge this year. Rep. Elissa Slotkin came to Mrs. Hasseld’s classroom on March 15 to recognize all of the HHS student entrants and to announce this year’s 8th District winner! This year’s district winners are Makala Faix and Ani Lahser. Their app, “Beefriend’ is all about helping people find information that’s personalized to local bees as they are an important part of ecosystems across the United States. Congratulations to Makala and Ani as their  app now goes to the National level of the competition.

Students under the direction of Mrs. Hasseld worked either in teams or individually (their choice) to create an app that solved a problem for the CAC.  Students brainstormed possible apps, identified a target audience, and created a storyboard with their plan. 

Representative Slotkin also gave a special thank you to Mrs. Hasseld, saying in a Facebook post from her page, “I know firsthand how hard Mrs. Hasseld works to teach her students hands-on, real world lessons, because for the past 4 years I’ve watched them compete & win our district’s Congressional App Challenge. Congratulations Mrs. Hasseld on being named the 2023 MI ACTE Teacher of the Year, & thank you for your commitment to equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed, no matter what path they choose.”

Every year Congress challenges students in their districts to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge. Each challenge is district-specific. The Congressional Internet Caucus initiates the annual CAC. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation was appointed to provide the CAC with supplemental staffing and support.