Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

Dustin Maertz, a student in Steve Kucharski's architectural class, last

week was notified that he is the regional First Place Hand Drafting

winner in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Cad/Design/ Drafting Scholarship Award Competition 2008-09.

Maertz was one of six Brookings-Harbor High School students who entered the contest. Another of the six architectural students who submitted entries, Cassidy Jones, received the second place award in the contest. The contestants compete first in the local contest that includes Oregon and sections of Washington. Those winners go on to the regional contest that includes the western states to Mississippi. As a first place winner in the regional contest, Maertz will be a contestant in the national contest.

Kucharski explained, "This is a national contest and probably the most prestigious contest students can enter. The competition is judged by some of the best architects, designers, and engineers in the country."

Maertz, a high school junior, explained that he used a computer-assisted drafting (CAD) program while working on his plans.

"I can make three-dimensional models and walk right through the house," he said about the CAD program.

Jones, who is a freshman, used only hand drawings. Kucharski said that it is unusual for a first-year architectural student to accomplish so much.

"She's a really talented girl," Kucharski said.

Jones admitted that she had no particular interest in architecture and only took the class because she needed another credit. However, she now finds that she enjoys it and might even be considering it for a career.

Contest requirements included design plans for a dream home for a family with two young children, to be built in phases, with specific requirements, including a bedroom for each family member, placement of bathrooms, and instructions for open living areas, decks, a view of the lake, laundry room, storage space for bicycles, fishing, camping, and water skiing equipment.

In addition, the home must be energy-efficient and well-insulated with lots of glass, if it doesn't hurt the energy efficiency of the house, and use natural environmentally-friendly materials for both the inside and outside of the structure.

Both students received cash awards for their winning entries in the local competition, Maertz $150 and Jones $100. They were both invited to a "winners dinner" scheduled in Eugene today (May 13), which Maertz plans to attend. Jones cannot attend because she has a prior commitment.

Maertz is looking forward to the "winners dinner" and the announcement of winners in the international competition.

Janet Pardee, of Balzhiser and Hubbard Engineers in Eugene, director of the contest, noted that students from Brookings-Harbor High School have also been successful in the contests in the past. She said she is concerned that the architectural classes may be discontinued because of budgetary cuts at the high school.