Brittney Lybarger

2015 Student of the Year Winner

Richland High School
Cambria County
Brandon Bailey, Principal
Missy Stringent, Guidance Counselor 

1st Summit Bank,
Business Partner

“Competing for Community Service was a symbol of my capabilities to help others in my area.”

The Challenge Program, Inc. 2015 Student of the Year is Brittney Lybarger from Richland High School.

Brittney was named Student of the Year during the Crystal Owl Gala on April 30, 2015 at the Carnegie Music Hall. Lybarger was presented with a trophy from The Challenge Program, Inc., a certificate and a $200 Amazon gift card from The Challenge Program, Inc.

Runners-up, Anna D’Acierno from Chartiers Valley HS and Timothy Grebeck from Canon-McMillan HS each received a certificate and a $100 Amazon gift card from The Challenge Program, Inc.

At the end of the Student of the Year presentation, our students received a surprise gift from Crystal Owl sponsor, MARC USA. Tony Bucci, Chairman and CEO of MARC USA, stepped forward and generously offered each of the three students a $1,000 award. Thank you, Mr. Bucci. MARC USA is a full-service, integrated marketing agency in Pittsburgh, PA.

Brittney’s profile:

Brittney Lybarger states she started working towards a TCP Community Service award from the moment she  saw the kick-off assembly in 10th grade. She initially began building as many hours as she could.  “I soon realized that to truly do community service, it could not be done with self interest in mind…community service was about serving others. Working towards a community service award reinforced new values and encouraged me to work beyond what was required in order to earn the award. These values stretch further than just winning [they] allow me to apply these skills as I choose a career and deal with various situations as I grow older.”

Lybarger has continued to build on this revelation and began using her talents to create unique community service opportunities. A budding and talented multi-media artist, Lybarger began donating her services to local non-profits who needed fundraising or advertising materials. This in turn, inspired an entrepreneurial spirit. “Working as a photographer towards my community service goals has encouraged me to open my own business at sixteen years old, Brittney Lybarger’s Photography and Video.”

Challenged by a health condition affecting her mobility and memory, Lybarger has seen first-hand the kindness, dedication and inspiration of friends, teachers and her parents during periods of times when she needed extra help. “My teachers would spend their free periods catching me up on my classwork,” she states, “and I can also remember my parents carrying me in the front door the day my legs decided not to work. This is why I chose to give back and work towards a community service award from The Challenge Program.”

Lybarger did win a Community Service award as a 2013-2014 sophomore. “The real prize”, she explains, “is understanding the impact of my actions and discovering my true motives.”

  • 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

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