Local students honored by lawmakers for app challenge

Andrew Lemons discusses his new app idea alongside his family dog, Izzy. / Screeshot of video from Andrew Lemons

LaFayette High School sophomore Andrew Lemons came up with a way for pet owners to easily track and store their animal's records in the 21st century.

His plan was to create an app that is designed to store important documents such as medical records and reminders like when to administer medication or vaccines.

For his efforts and innovation, Lemons and the Animal Record Keeper app were chosen as the winner of Georgia's 14th District Congressional App Challenge sponsored by House Rep. Tom Graves.

The App Challenge is a nationwide, STEM-based initiative to encourage student creativity in education and computer science.

In Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's 3rd District in Tennessee, Colby Bowers and Emily Swanson from Sequoyah High School were chosen as winners for their "School App," which allows students to stay "up to date, informed and organized," according to a news release.