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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
THE COMPETITORS Appalachian State University: Michelle Surerus, instructor; Brian Ritter, Andrea Haynes, Robert Perfetto, Shannon Zeiders, Ty Caldwell California Polytechnic State University: Malcolm Keif, instructor; Audrey VanCamp, Kendra Jaqua, Kaela SooHoo, Eli McNutt, Chris Hernandez Clemson University: Nona Woolbright, instructor; Joel Engelberth, Megan Bolick, Matt Furr, Katelyn Wrobel, Drew McWhorter Waukesha County Technical College: Dina Vees, instructor; Steve Swanson, Melanie Levesque, Rebecca Bogdanovich, Aaron Ames, AJ Duquette Dunwoody College of Technology: Shawn Oetijen, instructor; Tom Harold, Maggie Anderson, Giovanni Moreno, Matt Nightingale, Nicole Nusbaum, Gabe Merten Ryerson University: Ian Baitz, instructor; Mark Corrigan, Nikita Kuzmin, Olivia Parker, Jonathon Wong, Hannah Plavnick University of Western Michigan: Larry Ahleman, instructor; Christofer Zenz, Nina Fidre, Greg Degross, Kelly McCarthy, Andrea Grumbir, Hannah Brown Eastern Kentucky University: David Dailey, instructor; Dawn Plunkett, Nichole Arbino, Amber North, Catherine Thompson, Alex Carson fore the competition; from touring companies to making phone calls, we were very busy. But, it was great to follow the project from beginning to end—to see the whole flexo process,” de- scribed one Waukesha County Technical College student. “Being able to understand background research and its ef- fect on production decisions was an integral part of this year’s event,” remarked a student from Appalachian State University. But the most crucial aspect of the competition, as well as its main goal, is to give students a better overall understand- ing of flexography and the ability to have more personal time on press. With new skills in communication, design, problem solving and controlling press variables, the consensus among the students was that this year ’s Phoenix Challenge was a rous- ing success. By getting a glimpse into how the flexographic process works, each of these flexo apprentices gained invalu- able knowledge. AbOuT THE PHOEnIx CHAllEngE FOundATIOn In its 15th year, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation is an all-volunteer organization of industry professionals who are dedicated to encouraging today ’s youth in exploring the excit- ing career opportunities available to them through the flexo- graphic printing industry. Each year the Phoenix Challenge Foundation hosts the Phoenix Challenge College competition for students in North America currently studying flexogra- phy. For more information visit www.phoenixchallenge.org. Reservations for the September golf outing are being taken. Contact 704-309 -3748. n Ryerson University Clemson University Dunwoody College of Technology 30 FLEXO apRil 2012 www.flexography.org