Questeq looks for many ways to help our customer sites and community. We partnered with a special program this year called The Challenge Program. The Challenge Program has a unique mission of connecting businesses with students, to motivate them to develop solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. When Questeq became a partner, we chose to work with one of our long-time customer sites, Beaver County Career & Technology Center in Monaca, PA. Jeff Main, Questeq’s CEO, and I participated in 6 assemblies back in September 2016. We demonstrated how students could win monetary prizes if they followed the core principals of The Challenge Program. These principals are Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence. Students who achieve in these categories receive cash prizes at the end of the year. There is also one monetary award of $1,000.00 given to the Student of the Year. Students in every district participating in The Challenge Program compete to be named Student of the Year.
Recently we learned that one of the BCCTC students accepted the challenge, focused on the grand prize and in the end, won the 2017 Student of the Year award!
This award is given to a student who shares their story about how The Challenge Program changed their outlook, behavior and attitude. They also need to explain how the business partner helped them overcome obstacles to begin a positive path to a better future. This award is given at a special event called the Crystal Owl Gala. I attended this gala at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall on April 27, 2017. The BCCTC student was one of the 3 finalists competing for the award. I was overwhelmed with emotion when he was chosen as the 2017 Student of the Year! Sitting with his family and school administrators was a proud moment for me in my 20 years with Questeq. To see how we made a difference in this young man’s life is what makes me love our company and what we do to help our community!