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Phoenix Challenge announces HS flexo competition

January 27, 2014

The two and half-day flexo skills-based competition comes to North Carolina in March.

The Phoenix Challenge Foundation (PCF) has announced the 2014 High School Competition dates. It has been scheduled to be held March 19-21 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, USA.

Running for 17 years graphic arts students and teachers from throughout the US and Canada are invited to participate in the growing competition. The PCF High School competition is a two and half-day skills-based competition with hands-on and comprehensive testing in printing mathematics, operating a flexo press, prepress, platemaking, and overall flexo knowledge.

A judging group made up of industry professionals and educators will score a variety of skills sessions and live action prepress and on-press activities, then score each team for final winners of the competition. Winning teams are rewarded top honors and individual scholarships at the close of the competition, all funded by the Phoenix Challenge Foundation.

“I am so excited to see the Phoenix Challenge high school competition grow every year. This year we are expecting more than 50 students. Its popularity shows me the industry is a great place to build a career and job path,” says Bettlylyn Krafft, chairman of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation.

The foundation exists solely through donations made by industry supporters and businesses. As the foundation grows, so does the need for incremental funding to continue building the workforce of tomorrow. Companies or individuals are encouraged to contact the Foundation if there is interest in supporting their important mission. “As a non-profit organization, the money we raise is critical to our success as we build the flexo and graphic arts workforce of tomorrow,” says Krafft, “Any additional support will allow us to continue growing long into the future.” All participating sponsors receive access to a variety of options that deliver valuable marketing and awareness for their companies.

For additional information or to donate to the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, contact Bettylyn Krafft at 704-309-3748  or

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