The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) Student of the Year Competition will open for entries on January 14, 2019. All students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in participating schools are eligible, even if they have never received a Challenge Program Award.
For 5 weeks, students can use the link provided to their schools and on SnapChat to enter the competition. They are asked short questions about how they have challenged themselves and what TCP means to them.
After the competition closes on February 15, the entries will be narrowed down to a top 3 finalists. These 3 students each receive a $1,000 award and a chance to be named the 2019 Student of the Year at TCP’s Annual Crystal Owl Gala.
This year’s Gala will be held at the Heinz History Center on April 25, 2019. All are welcome to register to attend the event and support TCP’s efforts.
Forbes Hospital/Allegheny Health Network toured their partnered school, Forbes Road CTC. Julie Volpatti, Director of Talent Acquisition for Allegheny Health Network, visited the school to learn more about the careers that the students are pursuing and to begin developing a pipeline of potential employers to Forbes Hospital.
PJ Dick hosted a construction career fair at the Energy Innovation Center Institute that students from partnered school, Beaver County CTC, attended. Jennifer Howe, PJ Dick Representative (pictured above left), attended the career fair which was designed to allow opportunities to speak with construction firms and trade unions who can help students explore careers.
Clark Contractors, Inc. joins TCP at a Major Corporate Sponsor level. This major gift to TCP will give them access to local students at Everett High School. For this investment, Clark Construction is utilizing their tax credits. TCP is excited to have Clark Contractors, Inc. as a partner and is looking forward to helping coordinate the opportunities Everett students will gain from their sponsorship.
“Clark Contractors partnered with the Challenge Program and Everett High School because we felt it was necessary to look into our county’s future and prepare students to be able to have a good start in the workforce. The program provides an opportunity for students to learn good employee traits and start on the right foot to obtaining a position they are interested in and enthused about.”-Clifton Clark, President
Any Businesses Interested in utilizing their tax credits to support TCP can contact:
Sara Deyarmin Jones
“This award for Academic Excellence has inspired me to work harder even when I’m struggling and feel like giving up because now I know that what I do matters to someone more than me. It has given me the great opportunity to use the money for college which I am extremely grateful for. Now I know if I work hard I have the possibility to earn $200 and some of [my] stress is relieved.”- Lucas D. (Pittsburgh CAPA)
Sara Deyarmin Jones, Director of Business Development
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These opportunities and awards improve motivation and life around the school. Everyone tried harder than I have seen in awhile, and being chosen from a group of amazing students is an amazing experience. I would like to thank you again and hope that you may continue this program.
My journey to a Challenge Program award was pretty rocky. In fact, two years ago I would have been surprised if I had ten hours of community service…this year alone I had over 200!
School has always been a struggle for me and I felt very happy to have all of the work I’ve put so much effort into recognized at graduation.
I know that everyone at my school strives to work harder because of The Challenge Program, Inc., and it’s nice to know people care enough to try to improve their grades/morale.
Thank you so much for coming to my school, putting on inspirational assemblies, and awarding students.
It is because of groups and individuals like you that our graduating seniors are able to pursue their dreams. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the award and the acknowledgement of my son’s hard work. We appreciate it and I believe this will motivate him in the future.