Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge Winner: Tyson Seable, Grants Pass High School

December 4, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge Winner: Tyson Seable, Grants Pass High School

Click here or on the image to watch a demonstration of Tyson Seable’s app, Flare:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that Tyson Seable, a freshman at Grants Pass High School, is the 2017 winner of the Congressional App Challenge.

Tyson’s app -- called “Flare” -- allows users to distribute quizzes to friends and students, and provides live results for each quiz that are available for download and sharing. Seable said that while the app is designed for classrooms, Flare can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a challenge. Christopher Rossetta, a computer science teacher at Grants Pass High School, said Tyson recently tested Flare in a classroom setting with great success. “We hope this home-grown product will be a hit in local schools,” he said. Flare is scheduled to be available on the Google Playstore in December.

Congressman Walden called Tyson at school Monday to surprise him with the news and congratulate him on winning this year’s challenge. “I applaud Tyson for participating in this nationwide challenge, and commend him on his coding skills and ability to promote Flare in a way that makes people want to try it out,” Walden said. “The Congressional App Challenge allows ambitious students like Tyson to showcase their unique skill set to the country, and is a tremendous resume-builder in the pursuit of a career in computer, math or science fields. I have full confidence that Tyson’s future will be a bright one.”

Tyson Seable, freshman at Grants Pass High School and winner of 2017 Congressional App Challenge, speaks with Congressman Greg Walden Monday afternoon.

The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. This nationwide event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. 

Congressman Walden encourages interested students from across Oregon’s Second District to participate in next year’s Congressional App Challenge. For more information on the Congressional App Challenge and how to participate, please visit