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January 5, 2018

2017 Student of the Year Finalist-Alyssa Martyak

“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...
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2017 Student of the Year Finalist-Myles Cramer

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s presentation stressed how important regular attendance is not only in school, but also in the workplace.” “The Attendance award helped show me that I always have room to grow and develop as a student. During my freshman and sophomore years, I didn’t see the importance of regular attendance. Read Full Story  

2015 Student of the Year Finalist-Timothy Grebeck

As a runner-up, Timothy Grebeck from Canon-McMillan High School received a certificate and a $100 Amazon gift card from The Challenge Program, Inc. during the Crystal Owl Gala on April 30, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. All finalists also 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,...
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2015 Student of the Year Finalist-Anna D’Acierno

As a runner-up, Anna D’Acierno from Chartiers Valley HS received a certificate and a $100 Amazon gift card from The Challenge Program, Inc. during the Crystal Owl Gala on April 30, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. All finalists also 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...
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Craig Staresinich

     Craig Staresinich is a Pittsburgh University alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. Before retiring and becoming involved with The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) in 2013, he had a long and successful career as an aeronautical engineer. When asked about his first position after graduation, he can hardly contain his response. “I graduated and got my first job with NASA!” His face and voice still project what I imagine was the same...
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