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Tuscaloosa Academy student wins congressional Digital App Challenge

A Tuscaloosa Academy student was recently recognized for creating an app that allows people nationwide to register to vote via smartphone and also helps them in planning to vote.

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt announced Tuesday that Brilyn Hollyhand won the Fourth Congressional District Digital App Challenge.

“I’m proud to announce that Brilyn Hollyhand of Tuscaloosa has won this year’s Fourth District Digital App Challenge,” said Aderholt (R-Haleyville). “Brilyn’s app, called ‘Your Voice,’ helps people quickly register to vote and helps them plan to vote. And it works for all 50 states.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to have my app win the 2023 Congressional App Challenge,” Hollyhand said. “My app was designed to help people register to vote, and with a major election coming up in just a few short months, it’s such an important time to be talking about this.

”I’ll be voting for the first-time next November, and I hope this encourages all of my generation to get out and vote.”

Aderholt praised Hollyhand and said the competition fosters growth in digital development.

“Just like our annual art competition recognizes and encourages students’ artistic talents on the canvas, the app challenge is focused on talents for the important and growing digital world,” he said. “I think it’s great that Brilyn used his gifts and abilities to help people exercise one of their most important rights, the right to vote.”

Aderholt will present Hollyhand with a plaque sponsored by Nine Digital in Tuscaloosa.

As part of the competition:

  • Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives’ website, House.gov.
  • Winning students are invited to #HouseofCode Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.
  • Winning Students will also have waived copyright registration application fees through the ARTS Act.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.


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