February 4, 2011
Writer: Writer: Jessica McIntyre

Five Brigham Young University-Idaho students recently received top awards from major National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) design competitions. Up against a combined 724 entries in three competitions, BYU-Idaho students won $8,500, and two students will take a free trip to Las Vegas for the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

"We have consistently done well year after year, and I know it is because these students strive for excellence and have been taught to work hard," said Wendy Harris, Department of Interior Design instructor. "The students spend a tremendous amount of time preparing for the competitions. They really have gone above and beyond."

Alexis Cannariato and Kimberly Fetzer placed first and second respectively in the NKBA Student Bath Competition, which received 152 entries from 40 universities. Courtney Simper and Jennifer McKell placed fourth and fifth respectively in the NKBA/General Electric (GE) Charette, which saw 401 entries. McKell also received an honorable mention in the bath competition, and Rebecca Butukofer received an honorable mention in the kitchen category. Each of BYU-Idaho's winners is a junior in the Department of Interior Design.

Since 1996, BYU-Idaho interior design students have been successful in receiving awards in national design competitions. Last year, five students won a total of $17,500, and were showcased in Chicago for the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.