The Challenge Program Inc., a regional nonprofit organization designed to provide high school students with incentives for success, held an orientation and awards assembly at Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center in December. The program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel, both in and out of the classroom. The Hite Co., McLanahan Corp., along with Blair Companies are the business sponsors. Award categories were academic attendance, academic improvement, academic excellence, the STEM Award and community service. GACTC students were awarded checks for $200 for their performance in the program.
Shown are (from left): front row — Lee Hite (president of The Hite Co.), Mark Wyland (junior, academic improvement), Austin Plummer (sophomore, community service), Laura Allison (junior, community service), Jordan Shaw (sophomore, academic improvement), Mark Page (sophomore, academic attendance), George Sidney (president of McLanahan Corp.) and Barb Weakland (Blair Companies). Not pictured are Kaitlyn Servello (sophomore, academic excellence), Lucas Nunamaker (sophomore, STEM Award), Alex Skelley (junior, academic attendance), Jessica Killinger (junior, academic excellence) and Noah Eberwein (junior, STEM Award). Senior award winners were awarded with their checks last spring.