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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
FTA TODAY Phoenix Challenge High School Competition Winners After 15 years of supporting the education of flexography and graphic arts, the Phoenix Challenging Foundation celebrated this notable anniversary during its High School Skills Competition at the Harper National Flexographic Campus of Central Piedmont Community College. The first prize, a $1,000 scholarships was awarded to Sharon Mai and Daniel Langsford, Gordon Graydon Me- morial Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The pair earned first place by achieving this year ’s high- est combined scores in the contest’s five exams: written knowledge, math, prepress proficiency, press operation and platemaking. In addition to the two $1,000 Phoenix Challenge Foundation Scholarships, the winning team took home the Harper Flexo High School of the Year trophy cup for display at the school. This victory is Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School’s fifth consecutive victory (2008-2012). Furthermore, this victory has been the Canadian school’s seventh vic- tory in the last 10 years. Other top students excelled in all aspects of the competition. Second place went to Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafiguluna, also from Gordon Graydon Memo- rial Secondary School. Third place went to Jada Martin and Vincent Frank of Fairfield Career & Technology Center, Winns- boro, SC . The competition was stiff among top performers from all over North America. Seventeen teams participated in the contest, which has grown year after year since the pro- gram’s inception in 1998. Since then, several students have gone on to continue their education, participate in Phoenix Challenge College Competitions and are now working in the industry. “ It is extremely satisfying to see how the Phoenix Chal- lenge Foundation has fulfilled its vision of exposing young people to flexography and our industry, then to watch them find successful and fulfilling careers,” exclaimed Bettylyn Krafft, chairman of the PCF. “I could not be more proud of our supporters and especially the students!” Bettylyn Krafft, PCF Chairman, left, presents Sharon Mai, middle, and Daniel Langsford, right, their first place medals and plaque. Left to right: First place winners Sharon Mai, middle, and Daniel Langsford of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School; second place winners Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafiguluna, also from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School; and third place winners Jada Martin and Vincent Frank of Fairfield Career & Technology Center. FTA Reorganizes Membership Department Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) announced that Jay Kaible, director of business development, will also as- sume the role of director of membership. His new title is director of membership & business development. “ I am excited about this new position,” said Kaible. “One of my first objectives is to develop new and exciting benefits to grow our membership base, and meet the needs of our existing members.” He added, “We’re working hard to ensure FTA remains relevant to its members and the packaging, printing and converting industry as a whole.” Additionally, Susan Demato, formerly FTA’s membership coordinator has been promoted to membership manager and will report directly to Jay. In her new capacity Demato will oversee all aspects of the membership department, and work closely with Kaible in membership retention and recruitment efforts. Kaible commented, “Her promotion recognizes the contributions she has made and her continuing commitment to the organization, and to FTA’s main objective for better serving the needs of members from all sectors of the flexographic printing/converting industry.” Kaible will continue to oversee FTA’s business development strategies, including managing the INFO*FLEX Exhibition, directing the many sponsorship programs, and spearheading the sales/marketing campaigns for the association’s flag- ship publication, FLEXO Magazine. 16 FLEXO JunE 2012 www.flexography.org