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High school flexo competition winners announced

2011 contest results are in - Mississauga, Ont. school wins first and second prize.

April 15, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

After two and a half days of multi-functional competition at the 2011 International Phoenix Challenge High School Flexo Competition, first-place was awarded along with $1,000 scholarships to Sharon Mai and Chong Wang.

The team is from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto. The duo were declared the winners of the 14th annual international competition which took place at the Harper National Flexographic Center at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina in early April.

The pair won the first place award by earning this year’s highest combined scores in the contest’s five exams: written knowledge, math, prepress proficiency, press operation and platemaking.

In addition to the two $1,000 Phoenix Challenge Foundation Scholarships, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School took home the 2010 Harper Flexo High School of the Year trophy cup.

Stephanie Hammond is a second year champion, having clinched first place with a different teammate in last year’s competition also.

Other top students excelled in all aspects of the competition.  Second place went to Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafigu Lina, also from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga. Third place went to Amber Peet and Monica Manalo of Bergen County Technical School in New Jersey.

The competition was stiff among top performers from all over North America.  A total of thirteen teams participated, which has grown every year since the Phoenix Challenge high school program began back in 1998.

Bettylyn Krafft of the Phoenix Challenge Foundations says, “The rivalry gets more challenging every year as the best high school students in the United States and Canada train and prepare tenaciously for this flexographic competition, with all eyes on the top awards.”

The scholarships are awarded to the top placing students, fulfilling the mission of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation.

About The Phoenix Challenge Foundation

Founded in 1998, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization of industry professionals dedicated to the recruitment and development of the future workforce for flexography.
Each year flexo students and teachers from throughout the U.S. and Canada are invited to the Phoenix Challenge Competitions, with the high school event is a two and half-day skill-based competition with hands-on and comprehension testing in operating a flexo press, prepress, plate-making, and overall flexo knowledge.
Winners are eligible for scholarships funded by the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. To date, $30,000 in scholarships has been awarded to encourage students to pursue further education and a career in flexography. The Phoenix Challenge College Competition is a school year long event in which an industry problem is presented to the students and requires both market and manufacturing research. Students then present to a panel of industry judges which grade them in four different categories research, concept, graphics and execution. For additional information or to make donations please visit

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