Seniors Bring Phone App from Project to Reality

Tyra Carter

Staff Writer

Are you ready for a challenge? If so check out the app just launched by seniors Andrew Barclay and Chris Blust called “Challenger.” After months of perfecting the app, it is expected to be  initially released on the Google Play store for Android users, then to the Apple App store for Iphone users.  

The app was created when they were juniors as a final project for AP Computer Science. It will be free and will allow users to post challenges, like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, on the app. Other users can then post videos of them doing that challenge, and start a viral phenomenon.

Blust and Barlclay officially started the creation in spring of 2016. “The idea to create the app came from Barclay, when he realized he had to search on Youtube for every challenge he wanted to watch. “ I thought it’d be much easier if there was just an app for it.” says Barclay who approached Blust with the idea. Though Barclay came up with the idea in freshman year he never really acquired the skills to start building it until he became a senior.

“It’s a cool idea we think will do very well and help a lot of people.” says Barclay. “(Creating apps is) an interest of mine that I’d like to pursue,” he adds. They both plan on persuing a career in computer science. Blust hopes to have a career in software engineering.  

When Blust first approached AP Science Computer teacher Jay Lang, he was skeptical. This was in part because students were assigned the final project with only a month to complete it. “Something like they were proposing, companies spend about a year to do.” says Mr. Lang who was pleasantly surprised at the end.