Jacob Chasan, a sophomore at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, was presented with the Congressional Award by La Jolla resident and U.S. Congressmember Scott Peters (D-52nd) on July 26, 2013.
The Congressional Award recognizes youth between the ages of 14 and 23 who achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship.
Chasan completed more than 190 hours of public service as a senior patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop to earn the Congressional Award as a bronze medalist.
Chasan satisfied the “physical fitness” component of the award by joining his school’s squash team, where he earned his varsity letter while learning about teamwork and collaboration. To satisfy the “exploration” requirement for the award, he planned a trip to Barona Cultural Center where he tape recorded the difficulties facing Native American youth.
At age 12, Chasan began producing apps for the iTunes App store and the Google Play store. He currently has several apps available for download including: Downton Trivia Quiz, Pranxter, Knights Polo, Booki It!, The Bishop’s school, Sherlock Trivia Quiz, SAT 2400 Grammar and others. In addition, Chasan worked with Boy scouts of America to create an app to help other scouts with their journey to become Eagle scouts.
Chasan satisfied the personal growth requirement by expanding his app and website business by 25 percent.
To obtain the next level of the Congressional Award, Chasan said he plans to create an app to help deaf students learn sign language, climb Half Dome, develop user-friendly code for other app developers and learn Krav Maga, a tactical martial arts system developed in Israel.
Chasan has been designing and building websites since 2008. More information at