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Oakridge student named a winner in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge

A student at The Oakridge School wants to promote environmental conservation, everywhere, and his efforts have gained him national attention. Eshan Singhal has been named the Texas District Six winner in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. Eshan, a junior at Oakridge, created “Cleaner Together,” which streamlines the recycling process. The app allows users to determine the disposability of an item and has a public forum.

Eshan Singhal, Oakridge studentThe Congressional App Challenge included middle and high school students from all 50 states. The competition’s goal is to encourage students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

“The level of innovation I saw from the applicants from House District Six was nothing short of remarkable,” said Congressman Jake Ellzey (R-CD6). “These young men and women are the next generation of leaders, and I am grateful to be a part of their growth and learning. Congratulations to Eshan on all of his hard work and this tremendous accomplishment.”

In all, more than 7,174 students nationwide registered for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge and 2,101 apps were developed. The winning apps from each congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol during the #HouseofCode festival that is scheduled to take place in the spring.

View a video of Eshan explaining how “Cleaner Together” works via YouTube. Learn more about the app at In addition to “Cleaner Together,” Eshan is a leader on The Oakridge School’s new robotics team, which is gearing up to compete in the 2022 BEST Robotics competition.    

Established in 1979, The Oakridge School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory, day school for students age 3 through grade 12. The school draws a diverse student body from 22 area cities and 8 countries to a dynamic learning environment on a 100-acre campus in Arlington. The Oakridge School mission is to inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity. To learn more about The Oakridge School, visit

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Monday, January 3, 2022