Crestview Students Place at Congressional App Challenge

November 29, 2017 | Joey

Two Crestview High School students, Dakota Waters and Cody Morton, placed 2nd in Florida’s first district at the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.

An event hosted by local Congressman Matt Gaetz, the Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions.

The event was held Saturday November 18th at the University of West Florida where students submitted a piece of work they coded themselves to be judged by a panel of web designers and coders.

Apps were judged by a wide variety of people with roots in coding and web design. Jim Baker, a owner of a local app and web development company, Anthony Pinto, a computer science professor at the university, and First Lieutenant Lindsay Dady who is a Cyber Warfare Instructor of the 39th Information Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida were among the judges.

Waters and Morton were awarded by Matt Gaetz with 2nd place honors at the event. They programmed a video game on the computer from the ground up. It is called Kirk Escape Protocol and can be found at

Morton described it as “cool experience to have people who are professionals at coding and cyber security judge and like your work.”

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