Challenge Accepted: TAHS Students Earn Cash From the Challenge Program

PHOTO CAPTION:
Left to right:
FRONT ROW
Emily Detweiler – STEM
Aden McCracken – Academic Excellence
Jessica Chronister – Community Service
Sarah Hoover – Attendance
Madalynn Cherry – STEM
Jason Ixtepan Ramirez – Attendance
BACK ROW (up the stairs)
Alicia Endress – Academic Excellence
Dylon Weakland – Academic Improvement
Tami Clark – Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Business Sponsor
Randy Tarpey – Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Business Sponsor
Evan Stone – Academic Improvement

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: FRONT ROW Emily Detweiler – STEM Aden McCracken – Academic Excellence Jessica Chronister – Community Service Sarah Hoover – Attendance Madalynn Cherry – STEM Jason Ixtepan Ramirez – Attendance BACK ROW (up the stairs) Alicia Endress – Academic Excellence Dylon Weakland – Academic Improvement Tami Clark – Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Business Sponsor Randy Tarpey – Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Business Sponsor Evan Stone – Academic Improvement

Challenge Program

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The Challenge Program was established in 2003 with a mission to build partnerships between business and education and motivate students to develop the habits required to succeed in school and future careers. Since its inception, the program has reached well over a half-million students and has awarded more than $4.5 million in prize money.

At Tyrone High School, nine students took home $200 cash prizes for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year.

The program is sponsored locally by the accounting firm of Sickler, Tarpey & Associates.

To encourage and celebrate student success, business sponsors give $200 cash rewards to students in grades 10-12 in five categories: attendance, STEM, community service, academic improvement, and academic excellence.

All students are eligible to earn an award regardless of their past academic history.

The attendance award is chosen randomly from all students in grades 10-12 that achieve perfect attendance. The academic improvement award is given to the student in grades 10-12 with the biggest positive change in their GPA from the previous academic year. The academic excellence award is given to the student with the highest GPA for the current school year. The STEM award is chosen by the math and science department, and the community service award is given to the student with the most hours of documented community service.

“They pushed me to want to do better. I got an actual reward and it makes me want to do even better this year,””

— Maddie Cherry

The key qualities that the program hopes to instill in students are to show up every day, put in hard work, and volunteer in the community. The program wants to see students succeed while rewarding them for doing better.

Tyrone junior Maddie Cherry earned money prize last year for academic excellence.

“They pushed me to want to do better. I got an actual reward and it makes me want to do even better this year,” said Cherry.

The Tyrone students recognized for the 2018-2019 school year were senior Emily Detwiler, junior Aden McCracken, senior Jessica Chronister, junior Sarah Hoover, junior Madalynn Cherry, senior Jason Ixtepan Ramirez, senior Alicia Endress, junior Dylon Weakland, and senior Evan Stone.

To apply for the 2019-2020 community service award, download the community service log by clicking the link below:

2019-2020-Community-Service-Form