Ninth grader Timothy Banks received the top prize of $1,000 for his idea to implement a “Day of Play” at the Jr./Sr. High School. Banks, along with 6 other freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors from CCHS, competed in the Challenge to Change contest which was run by the Community Education Center (CEC) and DISCOVER Partnership. Students entered the contest in the fall of 2014 as individuals or teams, generated ideas, and then created projects focused on making their community a better place to live. Students worked closely with community mentors during the year, and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges on Saturday, April 11th. Judges included Cameron County Commissioners Jim Thomas and Phil Jones, PA Wilds Entrepreneurship Center director Ta Enos, and CEC executive director, Kate Brock. Community Mentors included Heidi Aikens, Tina Solak, Bob Hostler, Andy Johnson, Jen Abriatis, Jeanmare Holjencin, Nelson Haas, and Jackie Lundy. Other student projects included a sports complex (Kendall Eckstrom, grade 9), a boxing club (Andrew Goss, grade 9), a rec center (Cheyenne Dar, grade 12), a food and clothing drive (Brady Thompson, grade 10), and community art classes (Zoe Kassman, grade 10, and Wysper Allen, grade 11). The contest was sponsored, in part, through the DCED Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program. For more information, contact the CEC at 877-672-3077.
Pictured left to right: Wysper Allen, Zoe Kassman, Brady Thompson (back), Andrew Goss, Timothy Banks, Cheyenne Dar, Kendall Eckstrom.
Community Education Center and DISCOVER Partnership of Elk and Cameron Counties Holding Challenge to Change Community Contest
In October of 2014, the DISCOVER Partnership of the Community Education Center (CEC), asked the students of Cameron County Middle-High School and students of Ridgway Area High School a couple of important questions: Are there things that you would like to see changed in your community? And if you had the chance, what would you do to make your community better?
Students who accepted this charge entered the Challenge to Change Contest as individuals or teams, generated ideas, and then created projects focused on making their community a better place to live. Students worked closely with community mentors during the year, and are now prepared to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The top prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the student or team in each district with the highest scoring project.
The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend the presentation and award events. The Ridgway area students will present their projects on Saturday, March 28th from 11am to 2pm in the Ridgway Area High School cafeteria. The Cameron County students will present their projects on Saturday, April 11th from 10:30am to 2pm at the Cameron County High School Auditorium. Winners will be announced at these events. Please call the CEC at 814-781-3437 to reserve your seat.
The DISCOVER Partnership is the business and education program of the Community Education Center. The DISCOVER Partnership aims to grow the region’s most precious assets – our human capital and talent – by acting as a resource, a conduit, and implementer of career and education awareness programs which involve educators, businesses and the community. The program is funded (in part) by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program.
The Community Education Center, together with business,