by Reese Gadsby of Lakeview High School
The Challenge Program, Inc. is a fairly new program that has recently been introduced to Lakeview High School. The program recognizes students for hard work and dedication. Awards are given to selected students in the following categories: attendance, academic excellence, academic improvement, STEM and community service.
For attendance, academic improvement and academic excellence, Mr. Morris keeps files of attendance records and students GPAs. For STEM, certain teachers select students who they believe have worked hard and are excelling in the classroom, and for community service students, logged hours will be taken into consideration by Mr. Morris. Once all names have been considered, the top 10% are taken for each category and chosen by a lottery system. Seniors will be awarded for their hard work in the spring and underclassmen will be awarded for their efforts the following school year at our kickoff assembly, if circumstances allow. This year the following students from Lakeview were recognized and awarded a money prize for their outstanding hard work:
- Attendance: Kayla Gander and Loren Reagle
- Academic excellence: Abigail Sefton and Carter Williams
- Academic improvement: Christian Barber and Kya Cooper
- Community service: Gabriella Butterfield and Mikayla Montgomery
- STEM: Jalissa Baker and Tucker Amon
According to Ms. Misty Lowry, TCP’s program development manager of southwestern PA, “We also have our Student of the Year competition, which is currently running. Students just need to visit tcpinc.org, click on the Student of the Year link, and tell us why they deserve to win Student of the Year. The top prize is $1,500! You do not need to be a nominee or award winner in the five award categories to enter- just answer some questions on how our message inspired you to overcome challenges to be the best student you can be.”
The Challenge Program not only pushes students to be the best versions of themselves, but it also rewards them for their hard work and dedication. Always push your best in the classroom, and great rewards will come your way.