Led by instructor Peter Belanger, Graydon Gordon students Sean Coulson and Payam Rajabi won first place in the strenuous competition, which includes math exams, written tests, press operation, prepress and plate making. The intense two-day event, chaired by Bettylyn Krafft of Krafft Printing Systems Inc., is monitored, evaluated and judged by 22 flexographic industry veterans, including converters and suppliers.
Rajabi also won the Phoenix Challenge T-shirt design contest with his nine-inch representation of the Phoenix Challenge emblem in red, blue, black, purple and gold on the back of a black shirt; as well as the words “Phoenix Challenge Foundation” on the front, with a second emblem on the left sleeve. The T-shirt design competition is judged by the executive committee of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation.
Gordon Graydon was also named the Harper Flexo High School of the Year.
The winners were presented with a $1,000 Phoenix Challenge Foundation scholarship and the Harper Flexo High School Trophy Cup to display permanently at their school. Their names also will join those of previous winners, engraved on a special plaque which will