Ninth-Grader Bianca Jain Wins Award for App

New York: Indian-origin ninth-grade student Bianca Jain has won the Congressional App Challenge in the 17thCongressional District in New York. The Briarcliff High School freshman student created an app promoting awareness about cancer causes.

Rep. Mike Lawler of New York’s 17th Congressional District dropped by at Briarcliff High earlier this month to hand the award to Jain.

“What could be a better way to start your week than with a visit by a U.S. congressman to your class to personally hand you an award,” Bianca Jain said.

Bianca found inspiration for her app when she discovered someone that she knew had cancer.

“People said it is probably genetic, but I wanted to learn more about it and I realized that only a small percentage of people get cancer because of their genes, and that it is mostly because of a lifestyle,” she said. “I wanted to create an app that will help people have more awareness so that maybe they could prevent it.”

“Bianca shared her research with my husband and I, and then we came across the congressional challenge to create an app,” said Bianca’s mother Anju.

The app is a series of questions that people can answer about their background and lifestyle. “She wanted to disprove the norm that cancer is influenced by genetics, but rather is much more influenced by lifestyle,” Jain said. “Users can assess how high their risk could be. Bianca even had some teachers test the app and provide feedback.”

“It’s a win-win in the sense that she was learning more about preventing cancer, but also at the same time, using that knowledge to create social awareness,” said her father Ashu, “Getting rewarded for it is the cherry on top.”

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