BY KIMBERLY SAMUEL- The Indiana Senior High School is participating in The Challenge Program of 2018. The idea is to connect students with both business and their communities, The categories include Most Improved Academics, Most Community Service, Most Excelled in Academics and Best Attendance.
Let’s face it, being a student is difficult and most people will deny the fact that students will struggle.
Waking up early, having tons of assignments and still juggling around extra curriculum such as sports, theatre or art. It has been known that getting incentives is a effective way to get things done completely and well.
The Challenge Program (TCP) is for all students from grade nine through twelve, it had all started with founder Dan Perkins getting money for chores and progressed to working in a shoe shining business and then finally went to Greater Johnstown High School and continue to earn three undergraduate degrees from The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown while working three jobs: UPJ/AV Dept. manager; night time film editor for a local tv station and manager at the car wash that helped begin his journey.
TCP had contact the Indiana Senior High School about the program and the First Commonwealth Bank had agreed to sonspor and give out the cash prizes.
It is an incentive for the students to put more effort towards doing well in school. Mr. Wingerter, the geometry teacher states, “Most students here should receive rewards, they just need to recognize their own potential.” The competition isn’t just academic based, each student has different areas where they can achieve.
There is Attendance where to win you just need to be at school on time, Volunteer for those who enjoy helping out in the community, Most Improved for who may have dropped but are also trying hard to work their way back up while lastly, academics for students that do well in classes and have a high GPA. Abby Walker a sophomore said, “ I think I could probably win since I have perfect attendance.”
The assistant principal Ms. Eisenman says, “The challenge program is an excellent opportunity to students to earn money for attendance, community service, improved grades and academics.”
[Photo by Kimberly Samuel]
Photo caption: Sophomore Morgan Beard studies up for her shot at Student of the Year.