February 10, 2012
Writer: Jessica McIntyre

Senior Valene Edwards received a top award in a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) design competition for her entry in the General Electric (GE) Charette division Feb. 3. Up against 398 participants, Edwards took second place, winning $4,000.

“Valene is a great student and is strongly motivated. This is a timed competition. They only have three hours to complete a design solution that would normally take 30 hours,” said Wendy Harris, Department of Interior Design instructor. “It is very difficult to complete the competition requirements in those three short hours, but Valene did exceptional work and truly deserves the recognition.”

For the past six years BYU-Idaho interior design students have been successful in receiving awards in national design competitions.  Last year, five students won a combined amount of $8,500, and in 2010 another five students won a total of $17,500. “For me it was more than just the money,” said Edwards. “This competition has prepared me to think on my feet and have confidence in my work.”