Phoenix Challenge College Winners!

GAIT Phoenix Challenge Team—Michelle Surerus (Advisor), Meghan Wagner, Erin O’Bryant, Natalie Kirkley, Lindsey Hopkins, Tracy Chavis, and Krierston Kahrs
Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:31am

GAIT Students win two awards at the 2008 Phoenix Challenge in Dallas, Texas!

Six students from the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program at Appalachian competed in the 2008 Phoenix Challenge competition held in Dallas, Texas. Tracy Chavis, Lindsay Hopkins, Kierston Kahrs, Natalie Kirkley, Erin O’Bryant, and Meghan Wagner won two of the four awards presented at the Phoenix Challenge.

The Phoenix Challenge promotes awareness of Flexography as a career option in Graphic Communication and Arts educational programs in the United States and Canada. Students from high schools, community colleges, and universities participate by developing a product that involves creativity and skill with flexographic-industry related problems.

The team led by Michelle Surerus, Instructor in the GAIT program won in the Research and Concept categories. The other categories include Graphics and Execution.

The entry by the GAIT team for the first ever Phoenix Challenge collegiate category was the “Evolve Energy Drink—a healthy alternative to the typical energy drinks.

Tracy Chavis is originally from Laurinburg, NC and graduated in 2008. She has recently completed her internship at Edwards Brothers in Lillington. When her internship was completed she continued on as a full-time employee.

Lindsay Hopkins’ hometown is Asheboro and she plans to pursue a career in prepress upon graduating from Appalachian.

Kierston Kahrs graduated in 2008 is from Mocksville. She successfully interned at Forbes Printing during the summer. After her internship, she remain with Forbes Printing working in the prepress department.

Natalie Kirkley is from Rockingham, NC and interned at East Coast Umbrella in Laurel Hill, NC. She minored in Business while pursing her degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology.

Erin O’Bryant is a native of Boone, North Carolina. She majored in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology and minored in Art. After graduating in May 2008, she is presently spending a year in Liberia, Africa, working with an international relief organization.

Meghan Wagner has graduated in May of 2008 with a degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology and a minor in Communications. During the summer, she interned at R. R. Donnelley, Inc. Following her internship, they hired her as a full-time employee.

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