2017 Student of the Year Finalist

Alyssa Martyak

Cambria Heights High School
Cambria County
Ken Kerchenske, Principal
Jeff Koss, Guidance Counselor

Business Partners: 
C-B-W Schools Federal Credit Union
Highmark

“The Challenge Program, Inc, was the reason I was handed that slip of paper with the number one class ranking on it. The program challenged me to be academically successful.”

“The Academic Excellence award is an excellent opportunity to push myself to be the best student I can be with outstanding grades.  This particular award led me to try each and every day to push outside my regular boundaries and complete whatever I had my mind set on. I believe that competing for this award showed my dedication to my education and future.
My eyes were opened when I saw some of the students in grades ahead of mine receive awards that typically do not win awards. However, that is truly the beauty of this program because it doesn’t just focus  on the academically advanced students or the athletes; it focuses on students that show that they are improving or succeeding maybe outside of school. Seeing this happen right in front of me really touched me and pushed me to be an even better student.
I really took the time to study hard and put aside unnecessary events for a while so I was able to achieve my goals. At first it wasn’t easy explaining to my friends that I couldn’t hang out most of the time because of tests or projects. As time went on though, my friends saw how dedicated I was becoming to my school work so instead of hanging out all  of the time, they themselves began studying more often.  We began to compete for the highest scores on tests and this would bring us joy and actually closer together.
As of right now, I am a junior at a small school in the countryside of western Pennsylvania. This past October, I was handed a slip of paper saying that I was first in the class of 122 students. This day changed my life. At first I was confident as if that slip of paper could never be taken away from me. However, that’s not true. That was my sophomore year class rank, therefore I still have two more years to succeed and be the best student I can be.
The Challenge Program, Inc, was the reason why I was handed that slip of paper with the number one class ranking on it. The program challenged me to be academically successful.”

  • 2019 Competition will OPEN January 14, 2019

  • Senior Awards Ceremonies

    The Challenge Program, Inc. and your Business Partner will attend your school’s pre-set annual Senior Awards Program. Together we will present the graduating Senior Class their awards. We are aware many of these programs take place in the evenings or on weekends. We are available for short, individual presentations to the seniors if that is more convenient for your school.

    Each school will be asked to provide:

    Date, Time, Location for your Senior Awards Program

    Please place TCP as close to the top of your program as possible.

    Please list us in your printed program as follows:

    “The Challenge Program, Inc. Senior Awards with Business Partner (add name of the business supporting your school)

  • Communications/Announcements

    Monthly Communications will be available to announce to your students beginning September 2017. You will be asked to remind students that The Challenge Program is active in their school and the Business Partner who is supporting the Program in their school.

    From September to December, these messages will be rolled out according to the month in which the school has had their assembly.

    From January to May, these messages will be a reminder of each award category as encouragement to keep going and compete.

    Thank you for all your support.

     

  • The Challenge Program works to develop good habits, behaviors, and attitudes in students so they will be better prepared for the challenges, competition, and rewards of the workforce.

    Have you ever heard this from a student? “The same kids always win, so why bother?”
    We have. TCP promotes the academic advancement of all students, regardless of past academic performance, to provide them with an opportunity to redirect themselves and compete. A TCP award is an earned cash incentive award. Students who challenged themselves to exceed their own expectations have the opportunity to become a recipient.

    As a result, we moved away from eligibility being only the top student in each category, to a top percentage of students who meet the individual award’s criteria. This gives more students the motivation to try. The implementation of a lottery system to choose the final recipient conveys to students that anything is possible.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (grades 10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” approach promotes total student participation by motivating students to reach higher and achieve more than they may have believed was possible. Below outlines the procedure for choosing award winners.

      Each award category has a set of criteria
      Finalists are selected from the top 10 % of students who meet the criteria – not just the top 10% in grade.
      Finalists are asked to take a TCP student survey (links will be provided by TCP to the educators).
      Students return a slip with their name and the provided password at the end of the survey to the school’s coordinator.
      These slips are placed in a drawing for the final selection for each award category.

      TCP uses survey results to:
      Attract more Businesses to support more Schools.
      Attract Major Corporate Business Partners who reach more schools with support/workforce development.
      Attract Foundation and Individual donor support.
      Attract more Workforce Development activities.
      All leading to high school career readiness and graduates achieving gainful employment after graduation.

      All 15 Awards MUST be DISTRIBUTED per school (5 awards per 10th, 11th, and 12th grades)
      1 award per category/per grade.
      No duplicates or splitting of awards is permitted.
      All TIES prior to the lottery drawing must be decided via a lottery drawing.
      It is possible for one student to win more than one award.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from students with zero “0” absences. If there are no students in a grade who have zero absences – student/s with the least number of absences in accordance with school policy should become Finalists.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are the #1 ranked student from each included class.       

    AVTS/CTC Schools: You may choose any class involving any type of the involved subjects. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    High Schools: Classes of all academic levels – introductory to advanced – should be included. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey.

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are among the students who submitted the top 10%  of hours for the year. TCP Community Service forms are for your convenience. An award must be distributed even if no forms are submitted.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% with the greatest increase in G.P.A. from year ending to year ending, regardless of beginning grade level.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% of students with the highest overall G.P.A. from the beginning to the end of the current school year.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • 2019 Competition will OPEN January 14, 2019