PHS's Congressional Coder

Kamryn Ohly Wins Congressional App Award
Posted on 12/20/2019

Computer coder extraordinaire Kamryn Ohly has scored again. U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced this week that the PHS junior has won second-place in the Ohio 9th Congressional District’s first annual Congressional App Challenge.

Kamryn has developed the “VoluntAct” app, which connects high school students who are required to complete public service with nonprofits and charities who need volunteer help. Kamryn had the idea for the app during the 2018 holiday season. She began working on it in June.


The app, Kamryn says, is geared toward high school students who are busy and need something on their phones to track their volunteer hours. Keeping track of the hours is not an easy task, Kamryn says. 

“I created this because I was frustrated with myself for losing track of all these hours,” Kamryn says. 

For now, the app is still in development stages. It may become available for others eventually. “I would love to have an app on the App Store,” Kamryn says.

Kamryn’s talents with computer coding have been well documented. Last year, she was recognized as one of 400 young women in high schools across the nation to be named recipients of the 2019 Aspirations in Computing awards by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, an organization that supports and promotes programs for women in technology. 

The award was in part for a website coding club she started at Briar Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year to teach kids how to program websites.