March 1, 2010
Writer: Writer: J. Rebecca Smith

Since 1996, students of Brigham Young University-Idaho's Department of Interior Design have been successful in receiving awards in national design competitions. Recently, five students won a total of $17,500, and each will be given a free trip to Chicago for the National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS).

"We've had individual students do very well in the competitions, but we've never placed first in every single competition before," said Wendy Harris, a faculty member in the Department of Interior Design, "It's amazing to me."

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)/General Electric (GE) Design Charette Competition requires a complete, hand-drafted kitchen solution, using GE appliances, in three hours. Out of 509 entries, first and third prizes were awarded to Hillaree Harris and Brittany McPheters, respectively.

NKBA also hosts annual kitchen and bath design competitions. This year, in the Kitchen Competition, first and second places were taken by Hillaree Harris and Clarisse McCann, who competed against 235 other students. First place in the Bath Competition was also awarded to McCann, out of 119 competitors.

Students also participated in the NKBA/Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) Student Essay Competition, and winners will have their essays published in K+BB Magazine. Three awards were given to Kevin Anderson, Clarisse McCann and Angela Miller. Placings will be announced at the K/BIS in Chicago.