Cheyenne Springette

2018 Student of the Year Finalist

Creative and Performing Arts High School
Pittsburgh, PA – Allegheny County

Business Partner – MARC USA

“You can use [the awards] to achieve success and help it enhance your life goal. I have noticed my work ethic and time management skills have grown.”

The Challenge Program’s presentation during Cheyenne’s freshman year inspired her to volunteer in her community.  For the next three years, Cheyenne volunteered at a bingo hall and a dance studio. Cheyenne wrote in her Student of the Year entry that working with seniors taught her about customer service, kindness, and the worth of a quarter. Working at the studio taught her about children and casting.  Along with the life experiences she gained during her service hours, Cheyenne is hoping volunteering will open doors to her future. “I am glad that the Challenge program came to speak to my school freshman year to get me to start thinking financially about college.” Cheyenne knows that scholarships and financial aid will be her only path to attending college and The Challenge Program showed her one path with community service. “I want to thank the challenge program for that. Without these opportunities, I don’t think my mother and I would be able to come up with enough money for me to continue into college.”

Challenges are something my life has never lacked. As I said my first words, my father drove 30 minutes away to another family, and I was to be cared for by only my mother ever since. It was never easy, but we could always make it work. At 10, a dreamed sparked in me that I still can’t shake. My family scraped to pay for my acting classes, and that’s when I launched my theater experience. Everything is my muse and I work to portray all of it. Even when I was told I wasn’t good enough because of my skin color, weight, or talent, I kept believing in my dream to perform. When I started high school at Pittsburgh CAPA I was thrown deeper into the acting world. I worked in theater for half of my day and spent hours at home practicing and preparing for upcoming shows and class. The rest of my time was used working at a hardware store, catering company, and volunteering at a bingo club in my community.  I became treasurer for CAPA’s Black Student Union, created the “High Key” singing group, and did musicals and plays all year around. This is all possible because of the Challenge Program and their stress on scholarships early in my high school career. As a sophomore, I was naïve in thinking I could get by without help to go to college. Then one day I looked up, acknowledged my father’s absence, and knew my life would be different than other kids. I know that my mom alone cannot help me get through school, and without this information from the Challenge program I wouldn’t have started volunteering or started the college process for an actor. I understand what money can do; it is very powerful, especially in our society. My mother has worked so hard to give me everything she can, but college is another hurdle for us to jump. I intend to use the scholarship money to continue leading, immersing in my acting, and dreaming in whatever college I choose to go to.

I have noticed my work ethic and time management skills have grown and not only that but I have gained a respect for quality conversations. In these past 3 years of volunteering twice a week at bingo and once a week at the Donna Belajca Studios, I have gained experiences that I will never forget. Seeing some ladies have a negative outlook on life at bingo gave me all the insight on how not to be. Some taught me how to be positive and how to treat workers in the world. By auditioning students from Belajac Studios, I learned how to perform at auditions better, something important to my career.

  • 2018 Competition is CLOSED

    Eligibility

    • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 are eligible whether or not they have received a Challenge award.
    • ENTRY: go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018TCP to submit your entry or scan the QR Code below:
    • DEADLINE for ENTRIES: The competition closes at Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    • SELECTION: All student information is removed from entries in the review process.
      • Schools will be contacted by phone regarding students being reviewed as a finalist.
    • ANNOUNCEMENTS: 3 Finalists will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018 via an email blast to the schools.
    • CONSENT: Consent forms will be sent to the finalists through their school administration for a guardian signature acknowledging:
      • Parent/guardian awareness of their child’s status as a finalist in The Challenge Program, Inc. competition
      • Agreement by parent/guardian to assure adult accompaniment at the event with their child
      • Permission for their child to be videotaped and photographed and the student’s image to be used by

    The Challenge Program, Inc., for placement on social media, our website, www.tcpinc.org, and press releases.

    • If consent forms are not received, the student will no longer be eligible and an alternate student will be named.
    • CRYSTAL OWL GALA: Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • EVENT DETAILS:
      • All Finalists must be accompanied by at least one adult and up to two adult guests may attend for free!
      • Valet Parking will be free of charge.
      • Two school representatives and two business sponsor representatives will be invited to attend for free!
      • Student of the Year Winner will be announced during the event in Pittsburgh.
      • To view past Student of the Year Winners and Finalists go to tcpinc.org/events-4/
    • To receive the CASH AWARD AND ANY HONORS, student finalists MUST be present at the Pittsburgh event.
  • 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. The award money is only the icing on the cake. Therefore, at the encouragement of educators on our advisory council, The Challenge Program moved to a lottery system to choose the final winners.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” concept 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.

    1. Educators select FINALISTS according to each award’s criteria.
    2. Educators are provided with Survey Slips to distribute to each Finalist.
    3. Educators are also provided with an embedded link to The Challenge Program online Student Survey. Students are asked to take the survey to continue eligibility.
    4. Once the Survey is completed, a passcode will pop-up.
    5. Students are asked to record their name and the passcode on the Survey Slips and hand them back to their Educator.
    6. Educators are to place these slips into a lottery drawing for the appropriate award category.
    7. WINNERS are then drawn from these lotteries.
  • 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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.

  • 2018 Competition is CLOSED

    Eligibility

    • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 are eligible whether or not they have received a Challenge award.
    • ENTRY: go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018TCP to submit your entry or scan the QR Code below:
    • DEADLINE for ENTRIES: The competition closes at Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    • SELECTION: All student information is removed from entries in the review process.
      • Schools will be contacted by phone regarding students being reviewed as a finalist.
    • ANNOUNCEMENTS: 3 Finalists will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018 via an email blast to the schools.
    • CONSENT: Consent forms will be sent to the finalists through their school administration for a guardian signature acknowledging:
      • Parent/guardian awareness of their child’s status as a finalist in The Challenge Program, Inc. competition
      • Agreement by parent/guardian to assure adult accompaniment at the event with their child
      • Permission for their child to be videotaped and photographed and the student’s image to be used by

    The Challenge Program, Inc., for placement on social media, our website, www.tcpinc.org, and press releases.

    • If consent forms are not received, the student will no longer be eligible and an alternate student will be named.
    • CRYSTAL OWL GALA: Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • EVENT DETAILS:
      • All Finalists must be accompanied by at least one adult and up to two adult guests may attend for free!
      • Valet Parking will be free of charge.
      • Two school representatives and two business sponsor representatives will be invited to attend for free!
      • Student of the Year Winner will be announced during the event in Pittsburgh.
      • To view past Student of the Year Winners and Finalists go to tcpinc.org/events-4/
    • To receive the CASH AWARD AND ANY HONORS, student finalists MUST be present at the Pittsburgh event.