NWI high schoolers win statewide design competition

2013-06-28T00:00:00Z 2013-07-02T17:43:51Z NWI high schoolers win statewide design competitionBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
June 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Three Northwest Indiana high school students won scholarships for their design work in the 42nd annual Indiana High School Architectural Design Competition. Students had to design a remote ranger station and tourist attraction inside a fictional Indiana park.

The American Institute of Architects Indiana presented Awards of Excellence to Joseph Dorsch of Lake Central High School (instructor Garrett Gray), Michael Kleist of Porter County Career Center (instructor William Guinee) and Alberto Ramirez of Highland High School (instructor Brad Spiegel). The students each received $500, a $500 scholarship to attend architecture camp at Ball State University or the University of Notre Dame, and a trophy.

They were among 141 students from 11 high schools across the state that participated in the annual competition created to give budding architects a chance to learn more about architecture and meet working architects. Students had an option of attending a design workshop earlier this year.

“It is amazing to see the skill and creativity of high school students,” said Brandon Farley, an architect  and chairman of the competition. “They didn’t just have to design a structure, but they had to consider steep terrain, a river and waterfall and figure out how to include a communications tower.”

Other award winners included:

Awards of Honor

  • Nygel Jackson and Nathan Rodriguez of Merrillville High School, instructor Steven Prather
  • Nick Moskwa, Porter County Career Center
  • Andrew Beggs, Lake Central High School

Judge’s Distinction

  • Ethan Alexander Thomas Scates, Porter County Career Center
  • Steven Sisk - Lake Central High School

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