Newport News Public Schools update – March 2023

B.T. Washington student wins Congressman Scott’s Congressional District App Challenge

Congressman Bobby Scott with app winner Jamie Ashby

Jamie Ashby, an eighth-grade student at Booker T. Washington Middle School, earned first place in Congressman Bobby Scott’s Third Congressional District App Challenge. 

Jamie designed an app named Skin in the Game, which allows users to identify bug bites and skin conditions with machine learning. Users take a picture inside the app, and the image is run through a machine-learning model that predicts what the bug bite or skin condition could be so users will know how to properly treat the bite or condition.

As the first-place winner, Jamie will have the opportunity to demonstrate his app at a reception in Washington, D.C., with other winners from around the country.

Each year, members of the U.S. House of Representatives host districtwide Congressional App Challenges for middle and high school students to encourage them to learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in computer science.

Winning student artwork displayed during 2023 General Assembly session

Three NNPS students won an art contest and had their award-winning artwork displayed outside of Virginia Senator Monty Mason’s office during the 2023 General Assembly session.

Dutrow Elementary third-grader Gracie Preuett won the kindergarten-third grade division; Chiara Leone, a fifth-grade student at Riverside Elementary, won the 4th-5th grade division and Woodside High School senior JaBrea Copeland won the secondary level. 

The winning students and their families were recognized during the General Assembly and were treated to a tour of the Capitol.