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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
FTA TODAY students from Cal Poly took the award for Excellence in Graphics: (left to right) Cassie Barth, Nisse Noble, Deirdre Miller, Brenae Costa, and Aaron Kroeger with instructor Malcolm Kief. "Our logo design has three aspects," explained Chavis. "The circles represent the movement of evolution. The colors of the 'E' change from green to orange and the 'E' goes from backward to forward, representing the changing concept of energy drinks." DRINK BE NIMBLE The team at Cal Poly conducted a series of surveys polling people, mainly aged 17 to 25, on a variety of topics from what influences them to buy energy drinks to the affect of various con- tainer shapes and materials. The team consisted of students Nisse Noble, Brenae Costa, Deirdre Miller, Cassie Barth and Aaron Kroeger. "Glass gives a very elegant appearance and implies a quality product, but is heavy to ship," said Costa. "Plastic is durable and inexpensive but not all are recyclable. Metal containers have good insulation but are too reminiscent of existing brands." She indicated that plastic seemed the way to go, but much debate arose over PET (polyester) versus PLA (polylatic acid). PLA plastic is bio-degradable and recyclable, she noted, but only if it is not mixed in with other plastics, and it has to be temperature REPEAT PERFORMANCE GORDON GRAYDON TAKES TOP TWO SPOTS ... AGAIN! Utilizing two Mark Andy and two Comco flexographic presses at the Harper National Flexographic Center at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC, 48 par- ticipants competed this year in the 11th Annual International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills Competition. The challenge took place April 2 through 4. The two and one- half days of intense competition culminated in breathtaking vic- tories for the Canadian competitors, when the team of Hannah Plavich and Jyoti Brar of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga, ON, Canada, won first place. The pair of high school students each received a $1,000 scholarship and the Phoenix Challenge Gold medallion. They were also presented with the prestigious Harper Flexo Cup for display at their school. It is the third time in four years that Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School has the honor of displaying the cup signifying the home of the current Phoenix Challenge champions. In addition, Gordon Graydon students Ian Zakovorotny and Daxal Desai placed second in the overall flexo competition and each received the $500 Graymills Corp. Second Place Scholarship. The instructor to all of the Canadian participants, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School flexography instructor Peter Belanger said, "These students gave it their all, determined in their pursuit of the top honors in the competition. This year's awards show that their resolve, skills and hard work have all been worth it. They were competing with North America's top high school flexographers. I am really proud of them." Bettylyn Krafft, chairman of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, commented, "My sincerest congratulations to all the Gordon Graydon students and to their persistent instructor, Peter Belanger, for their amazing work this year. Their enthusi- asm, combined with determination paid off wonderfully. They can be proud to be at top of some very, very tough competition. The point spread in the top 6 schools was only 39 points. It could have gone any way this year." She added, "We are celebrating our 11th anniversary in 2008, and indeed this has been a wonderful year for the International Phoenix Challenge Flexo Competition. We had a record num- ber of 24 eager and highly trained student teams competing, and we are looking forward to 2009, projecting participation by more than 60 students! What these kids achieve here each year is amazing!" The 2008 High School Phoenix Challenge first-place winners, Jyoti Brar (middle left) and Hannah Plavich (far right) of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga, ON, Canada, pose with Howard Vreeland, Jr. (left) of Anderson & Vreeland and Executive Board Member of the Phoenix Challenge, and Bettylyn Krafft (right) chairman, Phoenix Challenge Foundation. - JUNE 2008 www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg FLEXO