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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY Second-place winners Brandon Smith and Brittney Skinner, Fairfi eld Career and Technology Center. Grant Izokawa (left) and Abdul Murad from Gordon Graydon took third place. The 2009 Phoenix Challenge fi rst-place winners (left to right), Hannah Plavnick and Stephanie Hammond of Gordon Graydon, with Bettylyn Krafft, executive director of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. Gordon Graydon Takes First Place in 2009 Phoenix Challenge Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, ON, Canada. The duo was declared the winners of the 12th Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition, which took place at the Harper National Flexographic Center at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC April 1-3, 2009. Forty students from 12 schools competed, including two schools from Canada. The pair won the coveted fi rst place award by earning this T year’s highest combined scores in the contest’s fi ve exams: written knowledge, math, prepress profi ciency, press operation and platemaking. In addition to two $1,000 Phoenix Challenge Foundation Scholarships, the winning team took home the 2009 Harper Flexo High School of the Year cup, for display at its school. Flexo Instructor Peter Belanger once again received the Diann Teague Award for leading the winning students. “I could tell when talking to Hannah and Stephanie that they were here to win,” said Bettylyn Kraff t, Phoenix Challenge Foundation executive director. “Hannah Plavnick was part of the team that won in 2008, and she had the determination to try for the second time.” “I worked really hard to prepare for the competition,” admitted Plavnick. “I stayed after school many days to practice running the press, to study for all the tests, and to prepare for FLEXO APRIL 2009 ISSUE Total # Views: 65,961 Avg. # Pages Per Visit: 37 Avg. Time on Site: 12+ min. Visitors Represented 70 Countries 20 FLEXO MAY 2009 wo and half days of intense competition culminated in a fi rst-place award and $1,000 scholarships each for Hannah Plavnick and Stephanie Hammond, one of two teams from the other areas of competition. Stephanie and I worked really well as a team and we just did the best we could in each area.” Hammond also attributed her and her partner’s success to their hard work. “Hannah and I prepared for the competition by running the press after school, several days a week. We also studied materials from previous Phoenix Challenges and completed the online FTA Level I - Basic Flexo exam curriculum. We made an overall eff ort to be thoroughly prepared for each aspect of the competition.” The race for second place was tight. The team of Brittney Skinner and Brandon Smith, representing Fairfi eld Career and Technology Center in Winnsboro, SC, proudly walked away from the competition with medals and $500 in scholarships (sponsored by Howard and Ann Vreeland). Focused and determined students Abdul Murad and Grant Izokawa, also from Gordon Graydon took third place. Kraff t said, “The rivalry gets more challenging every year as the best high school students in the U.S. and Canada train and prepare vigorously and tenaciously for this competition, with all eyes on the top prize.” ■ Stat Check: www.FLEXOmag.com TOP 5 COUNTRIES U.S. Canada Australia Germany China www. f le xography. org TOP 5 CITIES Green Bay, WI Chicago, IL Jamaica Plain, MA New York Metro Minneapolis, MN Source: Google