The two and a half day competition includes five areas of rigorous testing: (1) operating a flexo press, (2) prepress, (3) plate making, (4) written knowledge, and (5) flexo math skills. The 1st place team will be awarded medals, and their school will receive a plaque to proudly display. Additionally, they will each receive a $1000 scholarship along with the coveted "Harper Cup" to display at their school for one year. Second place and third place teams are also awarded medals, and their school receives a plaque to proudly display. Additionally, the second place team each receives a $500 scholarship. Every student who participates is a winner and is recognized with a certificate of participation along with well over $100 in industry-sponsored gifts.
Bettylyn Krafft, chair of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, comments, “The rivalry gets more challenging every year as the best high school students in the United States and Canada train extensively to prepare for this flexographic competition, with all eyes on the top awards.”
The Phoenix Challenge Foundation exists solely through donations made by the flexographic industry to cover operating expenses, scholarships, and to support the Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. “We’re proud to support the Phoenix Challenge and its educational mission that advances the flexo industry that has been so good to us,” says Howard Vreeland, chairman of Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
For more information visit www.phoenixchallenge.org.