Jun 04 2008
High School Students Place In Design Competition
Wednesday, 04 June 2008
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The Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of its 43rd annual Frank Maier High School Design Competition, including two Kodiak High School Seniors. Mary Donaldson has more.


            The 2008 Frank Maier High School Design Competition’s project was designing a rural air taxi facility for a fictional town in bush Alaska. A total of 18 high school students from 6 schools across the state participated. Out of the group, Kodiak High School had five students competing, and two students who won awards.

            KHS Senior Luke Engvall took first place in the competition. He says he began working on the project late last fall and that his project consisted of a lot of trial and error. He says he had more than one motivation while working on his project.

            (Engvall                      :22s     “…while designing my airport.”)

            This was his first time entering in the competition.

Josephine Cooper, also a KHS senior, walked away from the competition with third place. This is her second time entering into the competition under instructor Barry Altenhoff. She credits him for her success and says the competition was a lot of fun.

(Cooper 1                    :10s     “…it was a good surprise.”)

Cooper was accepted into the 5 year architectural program at the Illinois Institute of Technology which she will begin after a year of travel. Engvall plans on attending the University of New Mexico to study engineering with plans to go to medical school afterwards. Members of The American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter were the judges for the competition. They evaluated students planning, design, presentation and feasibility of their submissions.

            I’m Mary Donaldson.