Vadlamannati honored as District 9 Congressional App Challenge winner

Mercer Island High School junior Subhadra Vadlamannati (pictured on the right) was honored as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge for Washington’s District 9 at its tech fair on April 22. The Islander won the prestigious challenge with her multilingual library app, EduLang, which utilizes interactive books and storytelling to guide non-English speaking students in grades K-5 to begin grasping the English language. Through the learning process, the low-resource language speakers can also preserve their native language proficiency. From left to right at the fair: Rahul Pessa, Interlake High School; Gaurang Pendharkar, Interlake High School; Aarnav Bhat, 2022 Congressional App Competition honorable mention; Congressman Adam Smith; and Vadlamannati. Courtesy photo