Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and truncated project parameters, teams were judged in four categories: Presentation, Research, Graphics, Concept and Execution. These scores are weighted and rolled up into an Overall Team Score for each team. Final results are as follows:
First Place – CalPoly – Caitlin Royston, Amber Huang, Ashley Chen, Julienne Chiang, Rita Yu, Morgan Wertz, Hannah Krieg and Trent Kammerer
Second Place – University of Wisconsin-Stout – Matthew Smith, Nikolas Thomas, Eli Dupslaff, Julia Otten and Molly Perkins
Third Place – Central Piedmont Community College – Sabrina Baez, Maddie Purser, Julie Goslin, Tucker Naumann, Jonathan Hall, Matt Gabriel and John Diamond
Foundation Chairperson Bettlyyn Krafft notes, “I continue to be inspired, impressed and frankly just blown away by the college competition. The students take it up several notches every year. This year, with all the difficulties surrounding the pandemic, these students went even further above and beyond. This is why I do this, to help and watch these students thrive."
All the Phoenix Challenge student participants, though the support of the Foundation, can continue their education and do become productive participants at companies in our industry. From young career entries to long-standing professional leaders, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation has helped develop talent that now works with leading companies including J. R. Cole Industries, Salem One, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, Harper Corporation, Quantum Ink Co., Tesa Tape, Anderson/Vreeland, Mark Andy, Inc., We Are Alexander and more.