Create your own App! Enter Contest!

Congressman Smucker’s office will be participating in the 2023 Congressional App Challenge (CAC)! The CAC is a nationwide competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school and middle school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. Through this process, the Challenge works to inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in computer science by highlighting the value of STEM education.

The competition officially launches TODAY!  Check out the steps outlined below to learn more about the 2023 CAC and its timeline:

  1. EXPLORATION – Review the 2023 CAC Rules to learn more about contest parameters.
  2. REGISTRATION – Still interested?  Form a team of up to four students (schools can have multiple teams), and register it on the CAC website. 
  3. DEVELOPMENT – Create an app!  Students can use any programming language and any platform.  There are no limits on application theme or topic.
  4. SUBMISSION – Submit the app and a short demonstration video by November 1, 2023.

Following the deadline, submissions will be judged and a winning application will be announced in December 2023. The winning team from PA-11 will then be invited to Washington, DC in Spring 2024 for a reception, where they will meet with the other winning teams from Congressional districts across the country!

As we move through the summer and into the beginning of the school year, I will continue to provide periodic updates with additional information about the competition. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from many of you about this amazing opportunity!

Best Regards,

Jacob R. Taylor

District Outreach Coordinator

Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11)

Office: (717) 969-6133

Mobile: (202) 360-1984

Virtual Camp College to be offered to Juniors and Seniors on Tuesday, August 8 from 9am-12pm. FREE! Sign up NOW!

This programming is designed to serve students and families across Pennsylvania. Our target audience is first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students who are interested in continuing their studies in college after high school. Don’t miss this chance to get a head start on your college application process.

Sessions will be held over Zoom conference. Attendance at all sessions is expected, and students attending all sessions will earn an official PACAC certificate of completion. You will participate in this event at your home.

Session topics will include:  College Admissions Fundamentals, Paying for College, Writing A Great College Essay, Finding Success In College, and so many more!

By registering for Virtual Camp College, you are committing yourself to an immersive college access experience. While you are not required to attend sessions, we strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can to gain the most from this experience! Sign up here .

Spend a Summer Day at Penn State

Spend a Summer Day at Penn State
Penn State University is looking forward to meeting prospective students and their families at our annual Spend a Summer Day programs! Spend a Summer Day is a University-wide open house, where students interested in Penn State can learn about our campuses, academic programs, admissions process, and more! All 20 undergraduate campuses will host Spend a Summer Day programs, including virtual options with select campuses. For more information and to register, visit our Spend a Summer Day website.

Details about Early Enrollment with Millersville University Lombardo College of Business

Recording of Information Session about Early Enrollment

Slides from the information session

Millersville University and Penn Manor School District are excited to announce a new opportunity for high school students.  Starting this fall, high school juniors who meet eligibility requirements can join the Early Enrollment Pathway program.  This initiative allows students to take college courses on Millersville University’s campus each semester of their junior and senior year.  They will learn about college life, interact closely with faculty and industry experts, and be mentored by Millersville college students.  Students will receive 12 college credits, and upon successful completion of these courses will be admitted to Millersville University.  This program is free for all accepted students.  Coordinated by Millersville University’s Lombardo College of Business, this pathway program will help to prepare students for careers across diverse fields, including accounting, entertainment technology, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, occupational safety and environmental health, information technology, sport management, and many more.  Early Enrollment and Dual Enrollment are designed to complement what is offered at the high school. Penn Manor has set the requirement that students must have completed business-related courses at Penn Manor prior to enrolling:

Exploring Technology (aka 9th-grade Experiencing Tech)
Product Design
CS: Creating and Making
CS: Communicating and Connecting
AP CS Principles
Honors Engineering Principles (aka Engineering Seminar)
Music Technology: Creating & Producing
Introduction to Web Development (virtual)
Accounting 1
Accounting 2
Marketing and Advertising
International Business & Investing
Agribusiness & Leadership
Intro. to Business (Virtual)
Personal Finance (Virtual)
This table is the eligible course as prerequisites for the MU Early Enrollment Program. If a course is offered as honors, that qualifies, as well.

For July 1, 2023, students who wish to enroll in the Early Enrollment program for 2023-2024 School Year, need to have completed two (2) of the classes listed above before starting the program and must take two (2) additional courses from the list.

Effective July 1, 2024, students shall have successfully completed at least 4 of the related courses before enrolling in the Early Enrollment Program.

To be eligible for this opportunity, students must have mostly College Prep or higher courses or have administrative/counseling approval after submitting the interest form.

Next steps:

For current 10th and 11th graders, 

  1. please email your counselor to change your schedule to see if these courses fit. (If you haven’t done so already, please submit your interest form with a parent signature).
  2. Once you know it works in your Penn Manor Schedule, Register with Millersville University for 2023-2024 school year:

For current 8th and 9th graders.

  1. Please email your counselor to change your schedule to get set up with the required prerequisite courses
  2. Fill out the interest form (available in the school counselors office) and return it to your school counselor.