The 11th Annual Phoenix Challenge Competition is a two-day event designed to heighten the awareness of flexography among students and teachers across the educational system, both domestically and internationally. The contest consists of a variety of skills tests including flexo print knowledge, prepress, platemaking, critical math skills, and hands-on printing techniques. Students compete in teams for the top seat in the Flexo Challenge and can walk away with thousands of dollars in scholarship funds and the Harper Trophy Cup to display at their school for the following year. The competition continues to grow year after year and has attracted students all across North America. This year’s competition includes 20 teams with 40 students participating. Along with the students, 18 teachers will attend workshops on flexo.
“The Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition is a great forum to promote flexo to our youth, and to provide them a great career path in a fun, interactive and challenging way,” says Bettylyn Krafft, chairperson of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. “The foundation continues to make our future flexographers a priority, but not without the support and funding from the entire industry. We can’t do it without them.”
The Foundation exists solely through donations made by the flexographic industry to cover operating expenses, scholarships, and to support the Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. Past sponsors of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation include All Printing Resources, Anderson & Vreeland, Anagram, Benton Graphics, Cage Graphics, Canadian Flexographic Training Committee, CL&D Labels, DuPont, Econo Products, Harper Corporation of America, Howard B. Vreeland Jr., Howard B. Vreeland Sr., Jet USA, JR Cole Industries, Krafft Printing Systems, Mark Andy, Parks Printing, Printing Industries of the Carolinas, UPM Raflatac, Southern Graphics, The Charlotte Observer, and Water Ink Technologies.