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Congressman Bachus Commends Montevallo High School Student for House 'App' Contest Achievement

August 20, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 20 -- Rep. Spencer T. Bachus III, R-Ala. (6th CD), issued the following news release:

Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) met with Wezley Sherman, a Montevallo High School student, to commend him for his development of a computer "app" that will be the Sixth District's representative in the inaugural House Student App Challenge.

The nationwide contest was established to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM education) by encouraging high school students to create a software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. Wezley's app is among the apps developed by students across the nation that will be highlighted in a special exhibit on the U.S. House of Representatives website (

Wezley developed a Windows-based app designed to help students with disabilities learn core subjects.

Congressman Bachus stated, "Wezley Sherman displayed great talent and technical knowledge in developing his app, but what impresses me most is that his motivation was to help other students. This is the type of creative thinking that our schools and nation should place a priority on supporting and nurturing. The economic competitiveness of the U.S. depends on our ability to innovate, and a key to that is developing a strong scientific and technological base through education."

Wezley, who will enter his senior year at Montevallo High School this fall, said, "My goal with the app was to provide assistance to students with learning disabilities. The intent is to allow a student sitting in front of a computer to interact with their testing and practicing environment in a way that provides real 'hands-on' learning. My hope is that when fully realized, this will be one of my first open-source applications."

Already an accomplished computer programmer as a high school student, Wezley has designed a phone app for Montevallo High School and is part of a group that created a commercially-successful computer gaming app.

Wezley is the son of Niki Gartmann and Kevin Sherman and has a sister, Sabrina Sherman.

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