NAWIC NEF CAD DRAFTING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
By Cheri Hickman, CAD 2011 Chairman
The CAD Drafting contest is an event that NAWIC NEF sponsors to encourage CAD students to participate in to give them a challenging project to work on during their school year. They are paid in cash from our local chapter and if they go onto to Regional and National they win more cash.
First place, at Chapter, wins $500, 2nd Place: $300, 3rd Place:$200.
This year the event was held on Saturday, March 19 at the AGC office training facility.
We had 50 plans to judge this year. Each plan gets reviewed twice and then the 5 with the highest scoring are reviewed to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Richard Knoeppel from Advanced Technical Academy is a huge supporter of the CAD contest. He works with his students as soon as they arrive in his class. His students always end up winning either first or second place in the contest.
This year's Area winner is Justin McClain. Justin was diligent with his plans, as were many of the other students. Some of the judging stated his strong points as being: a very good and creative narrative; paid attention to the owner's requirements as well as adding his own design ideas; very well thought out and detailed; creative elevations and section.
Second place winner is Adrian Plata and third place is Ellen Ho.
Several students were very close in the running. Richard Knoeppel, their teacher, is coming up with new ways of encouraging students to participate in the program. He told me that some of the students will work together as a team and review each other's plans, giving them suggestions and looking for errors.
The judges have been participating, not only on the day of judging, but have also offered to help mentor the students with their work. The students truly appreciate the support. It gives them the incentive to work even harder on the project when they know they have outside support. There were 13 volunteer judges this year and I had four amazing ladies assisting me during the judging.
First place winner, Justin McClain took first place at Regional and Nationals! Congratulations Justine.