• Congratulations to Challenger's Softball Team for being the Conference Champions and Conference Tournament Champions.

    We are so proud of you!


    Congratulations also the Challenger's Baseball Team for being the Conference Runner-Ups and Conference Tournament Champions.

    We are so proud of you too!


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  • CVCC Graduation for Challenger Students- Friday, May 6 @ 7:00pm

    Challenger Graduation- Saturday, May 21 @ 10:00am

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  • Sports Physicals                              

    May 2nd  Foard  6:00pm

    May 4th  Newton  6:00pm

    May 9th  St Stephens  6:00pm

    May 18th  Bandys  6:00pm

    May 23rd  Bunker  6:00pm

    May 25th  Maiden  6:00pm


    $15 Cash only.


    Good for every season next school year.


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  • Make-up picture day for Seniors Cap and Gowns will be Friday, May 20th.

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Challenger Hall of Fame Recipients

Challenger Hall of Fame Recipients
  • The Hickory Metro Sports Commission sponsored the 16th Annual Student Athlete Awards to deserving high school senior athletes for outstanding achievement in their athletic area(s) and other endeavors. The Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, May 9.

     Criteria for these Student Athletes were the following:

    1. The candidate must be a Senior student of a high school in Catawba County.


    1. The candidate must have been a participant in his/her high school sponsored sport(s) throughout his/her high school career.


    1. The candidate must be of good character and reputation.  Areas to be considered in the selection include leadership, sportsmanship, school attendance, maintaining good academic standing, participation of extra-curricular activities and service to community.


    1. While an athlete at his / her school, the candidate’s athletic achievement(s) and/or contribution(s) must have been recognized throughout the school community as enhancing the sports activity he/she represents.


    1. All candidates shall be considered without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, age or handicap.



End of Year Screamer

Catawba County International Club Conference

  • On Saturday March 5, Challenger hosted the Catawba County International Club Conference on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College.Challenger performed a skit representing varying culture through dance and song. 

    The students in the black outfits are performing K-Pop or Korean Pop and The girls in pink are performing a Thai Dance. 


    KPop       thai


  • The Challenger Early College Robotics Team went on a behind the scenes tour of the ValleySim Hospital at CVCC. During this tour, the team was able to learn how robotics is incorporated in healthcare training and examine robotic surgical systems. Thanks to CVCC, the ValleySim Hospital, and Mr. Ray Combs for allowing our students this opportunity.




Beta Convention 2016

  • The Beta Club attended the NC State Beta Convention in Greensboro, NC on February 5th & 6th. At the convention Rocky T. ran for state president and several of the Beta Club members competed in academic and talent competitions. Stephanie R. placed first in the Spanish competition.

    Mrs. Molly Barlow and Mrs. Jordan Justice are the teacher-sponsors of the Beta Club. 


    rocky         rocky14






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PSO Dates

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From the Principal

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    Challenger Early College High Schools has opened its doors for the 11th year to a new class of incoming freshman.  Serving 400 students from Alexander and Catawba Counties in partnership with the four school districts, CVCC, NC New Schools, and the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The early college supports project based and inquiry based learning while promising each student exposure to life-ready skills, infusion of the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Skills, adherence to the early college model, access to the Future Ready Core Diploma with the required university admissions courses, and access to earning an associate's degree.  The school is the only early college in the state that offers a comprehensive performing arts program and interscholastic athletics program.  In terms of economic impact, the school has created more than 100 additional local jobs, due to higher graduation rates and greater earning potential for our graduates earning Associate's Degrees, and contributed in excess of a net half-million dollars to local government revenue with our total 419 graduates in our ten years according to the Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory at Clemson University.  For 10 years running, the Firebirds top the state and county in academics, attendance, and graduation rate.  In fact, the most recent data ranks Challenger Early College High School in the top 10 in the state.  Designed around research the school follows the national early college model offering students a personalized environment, powerful teaching and learning in classrooms, and a pervasive ready-for-college culture that creates pathways and opportunities for life in the 21st Century.


"Doing School Differently"

  • Ninety-seven percent of the graduating students of 2015 are expected to earn their Associate Degree which is equivalent to two years of transferable college credit.  All graduates will have a college-ready high school diploma.  Pass rate of college courses: 92%.
    Graduates are promised:
           * Infusion of the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Skills
           * Access to the University-prep Diploma and an Associate                          Degree
           * Exposure to Life-Ready skills
           * Fidelity to the Early College Model
    Students at Challenger Early College complete a minimum of fifty hours of community service and an E-Portfolio that reinforce the tenets of integrity, stewardship, and citizenship. 
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