The Challenge Program was presented to Questeq over the summer by Joe Oliphant. We were very excited about the opportunity to work with our partner school, the Beaver County Career & Technology Center. Our first event was an interactive assembly for the students at BCCTC and I was really not sure what to expect. The assembly script given to us a month prior to the October kick-off date outlined the format and content of the upcoming presentations. It was an interesting concept but as the kick-off assembly drew closer, I was beginning to worry that the students would not be engaged during the presentation.
On assembly day, we were pleasantly surprised how interactive the students were and how interested they became in the program after each presentation. We participated in six assemblies over the course of the day with over 100 students and faculty members in each session. I enjoyed the chance to work with Questeq’s CEO, Jeff Main on this project. We have the unique dynamic of working together as a brother and sister in our family owned business. While we have been working together for over 15 years, this was the first time we worked together as a team with students in a school setting. Jeff took part in the first half of the assemblies and I presented the second half. During the presentations we explained who we are as Questeq and why we partnered with The Challenge Program. We then were joined by seven student volunteers and Mr. Oliphant for a 25-minute skit. The skit showed how the students could successfully complete The Challenge and stay in the race over the course of the year to win $200.00 prizes and a $1,000.00 prize.
In the end, the students had fun and were motivated to win The Challenge at the end of the school year. We are really excited to present the checks to the winners in the Spring and Fall of 2017 and congratulate them on their achievements!