The Phoenix Challenge Foundation has announced the winners of this year's competitions.
The 24th Annual Phoenix Challenge High School Skills Competition, done virtually this year, delivered talented students eager to show off their knowledge they have learned. The winners:
- 1st Place - Joshua Schneider and Kimberly Hernandez - CTC of Lackawanna County
- 2nd Place - Alyson Patterson and Kayla McDonnel - Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
- Tied for 3rd Place - Rebecca Ratliff and Emma Williams - Knox High School tied with Jason Velazquez and Edgar Trejo - Johnson High School
This collegiate winners:
- First Place – Illinois State University – Meredith Kink, Sam Alonzo, Katie Chaltin, Renee Mance, Amaya Jungers and Kalani Ferguson
- Second Place – Appalachian State University - Madelyn Davis, Megan Pritcher, Amanda Gaspard, Oliver Webb and Jennifer Pantoja
- Third Place – CalPoly – Trent Kammerer, Lisa Teufel, Emma Steward, Jessica Dong, Michelle Kang and Sara Holm
Regarding this year’s competition, Bettlyyn Krafft, Foundation chair, says, “I continue to be inspired, impressed and frankly just blown away by the college competition. The students take it up several notches every year. This year, with all the difficulties surrounding the pandemic, these students went even further above and beyond. This is why I do this, to help and watch these students thrive.”
All the Phoenix Challenge student participants, though the support of the Foundation, can continue their education and do become productive participants at companies in our industry. From young career entries to long-standing professional leaders, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation has helped develop talent that now works with companies like J. R. Cole Industries, Salem One, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, Harper Corporation, Quantum Ink Co., Tesa Tape, Anderson/Vreeland, Mark Andy, Inc., We Are Alexander and more.