Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 5 CITY VIEWS January 14, 2022 Aditya Choudhary Wins The 2021 Congressional App Challenge Contest A ditya Choudhary of Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School has won the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for developing the winning app ‘Trackie’. The app created with ‘ingenuity and creativity’ according to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) in his announce- ment, helps students and their parents calculate exact time of the school bus arrival. The app is specifically aimed at being of help during the winter times when waiting outdoors for the bus becomes difficult due to in- clement weather. “This incredible app helps students and their parents monitor school bus arrival times to prevent students from waiting outside in the cold for an extensive amount of time,” said Rep. Smith (R-NJ) in his announce- ment letter. The award becomes more meaningful consider- ing the fact that not many students are attracted to the STEM disciplines. STEM education brings the aspect of practical world to academic education, by encouraging students to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in connecting their school education to community work and to the global enterprise. Aditya Choudhary’s app ‘Trackie’ seems to do just that. The simple app allows parents and students to connect with each other and with the arrival of the bus. Evaluated by a panel of judges, ‘Trackie’ won the first place from a total of 8 apps submitted by 20 students from several middle and high schools around the Fourth District. Immigrants from the Indian town of Samastipur, Bihar, Aditya’s parents Parina and Sadanand Choudhary, are very proud of their son who has become an inspiring example to many in the community. The CAC was established in 2014, to foster STEM skills among students and emphasize the importance of these skills for the future, especially in areas of the U.S. economy like cyber-security and intellectual property. The app challenge is sponsored nationally by the Inter- net Education Foundation, and was made available by 340 Members of Congress in their congressional districts in 2021, according to a press release from Congressman Smith’s office. The CAC has today become the largest stu- dent computer science competition in the world. Aditya Choudhary’s video submitted to the CAC can be watched at . More in- formation about the Trackie app and download links are available at the webpage Middle school and high school students from New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District who are interested in participating in the 2022 contest may contact Smith’s Freehold Township office at 732-780-3035 or visit www. By a StaffWriter Photos:Provided byAditya Choudhary Aditya Choudhary Congressional Letter of Announcement for Aditya Choudhary of New Jersey, winning the CAC. The Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Aditya Choudhary. Youth Ambassadors, Interns Opportunities At Asian And Pacific Islander American Vote T he Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, APIAVote, is looking for ‘Youth Ambassadors’ and Spring/Summer in- terns, providing an opportunity for Indian-American and other students to acquire experience in politics and government. Youth Ambassadors “Are you eager to build AAPI power on your campus and cata- lyze change in your community? Ready to mobilize your peers for the upcoming 2022 Midterm elections?” said APIAVote in a press release, adding that it is looking for “passionate” AAPI collegiate students and student organizations to join its 2022 Youth Ambassador Program. APPLY: The deadline to submit Am- bassador applications has been extended to Friday, January 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm PT. For more details or to get any questions answered, contact JulieWu at! Those who end up being recruited as ‘Ambassadors’ will be key in coordinating volunteer and team recruit- ment, voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote pro- grams on their campus. They will also work toward educating their campus community on current AAPI topics, and building sustain- able programming on campus. APIAVote will support Ambassadors through regular webinars and training, online hangouts, one-on-one advising, development of materials, technical assistance, and operational funding, the organization said. 2022 Internship Program For getting AAPIs out to vote in 2022, it urges students to join API- AVote as an intern for the spring/ winter term (virtual and unpaid) or the summer term (hybrid and paid)! “We are looking for undergradu- ate students or recent graduates who can demonstrate that they seek to gain hands-on experience in grassroots community develop- ment within a national organiza- tion,” APIAVote says. The organization says the program strives to ‘encourage and cultivate young AAPI student lead- ers to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena,’ and will also ‘provide experience and training on organizing and imple- menting voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process, as well as the opportunity to meet experts in the voting rights and voter engagement field. Deadline for applications for the internship is Feb. 26, 2022. Contact JulieWu at . By a StaffWriter Photos:APIAVote