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NAWIC2016The National Association of Women in Construction, (NAWIC), was founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955 with the goal of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry.   Today, the association has more than 3,500 members throughout the country.To fulfill the education goal of NAWIC, the association created the NAWIC Education Foundation in 1973.  The CAD Design/Drafting program brings real world drafting problems to the classroom of high school students in grades 9-12.

The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving, and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Each “Design Problem” is created by a licensed architect or engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and the NAWIC international affiliates.

Projects are judged at the local, regional and national level.  Prizes are awarded to the three national CAD winners.

The students are required to submit 5 drawings for judging they are; site plan with roof plan, floor plan, exterior elevations, building section and wall section, and electrical plan.

This year Mount Dora High Schools, Architectural Drafting Academy students competed in the NAWIC Greater Orlando Chapter 73, local competition, where they were required to design a 7,000 to 7,500 square foot dollar store.  On May 10, 2016 the winners for the competition where announced during the awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

The award winners were:

1st Place – Jeffrey Hackett, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

2nd Place – Luke Hardin, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

3rd Place – Rylie Brumley, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

Since Jeffrey Hackett won first place in the local competition his drawings moved on to compete in the southeast regional competition.  At the regional competition Jeffrey Hackett’s drawings won first place for the NAWIC Southeast Regional Competition.

By placing first the in the Southeast Regional Competition Jeffrey Hackett was eligible to compete in the NAWIC CAD Design/Drafting National Competition.  The winners were recently announced.

1st Place – John Peter Acayan
Sponsor: Pacfic Southwest Region
Chapter #111 San Bernardino / Riverside
2nd Place – Sabrina Brown
Sponsor: North Central Region
Chapter #302 Kalamazoo / Battle Creek
3rd Place – Jeffrey Hackett
Sponsor: Southeast Region
Chapter #73 Greater Orlando

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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Eight of the Mount Dora High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Florida 2016 State Leadership & Skills Conference.  Which were held in Lakeland, Florida April 24 to 27, 2016.

Jacob Abel, a senior, placed 2nd in Technical Drafting.  The Technical Drafting competition evaluates contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting. The contest focus is on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Natalie Burno, a freshman, placed 4th in Computer Programming.  The Computer Programming competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview.

The Quiz Bowl team placed 4th.  The team members were Helena Austin, Rylie Brumley, Breanna Marriot, Nora Abbott and Jacob Oh.  Quiz Bowl test a team of 5 competitors’ ability to quickly respond to questions covering the areas of Academic knowledge, professional development and current events.

Jacob Hackett, a junior, placed 12th in Architectural Drafting.  The Architectural Drafting competitions contestants had to use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings that are computer-generated (CAD). The contest tests the contestants’ problem solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills.

The SkillsUSA organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

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JROTC logoUnit FL-951 at Mount Dora High School has been selected as one of 72 units to receive the 2014-2015 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character’ education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the 9th grade or higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.

Air Force Junior ROTC is located in 867 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Junior ROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets.

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Sean Cyr

Sean Cyr

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.

The NAWIC Orlando Chapter held a CAD/Design/Drafting Competition, which is a contest designed for Senior High School students. The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. Objectives of the contest are to introduce the student to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of ‘self-worth’ and building confidence.

Mentoring programs between students and educators are also encouraged. Each local sponsor is furnished with a “Design Problem” that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and our international affiliates.

Project drawings must include a minimum of: a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure.

The NAWIC Orlando Chapter held their awards dinner on April 14, 2015.  During the awards ceremony Sean Cyr a sophomore at Mount Dora High School received third place for his CAD/Drafting project.

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Mount Dora High School’s culinary arts and architectural drafting students are excited to present the 8th annual Tasting Gala on Saturday, May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Mount Dora High School Cane Café.Mediacap001

Attendees will view a unique display of restaurant designs while enjoying chefs’ specialties created and demonstrated by MDHS students. This year’s designs and specialties will represent China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea and Mexico. Votes will be cast for the best menu design, food, restaurant design drawings, building model and restaurant display area. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening.

Tickets for the event are $15 each, with proceeds going to support the culinary arts and architectural drafting programs at Mount Dora High School. To purchase a ticket, contact Cindy Brisson at 352-383-2177, Ext. 1232, or brissonc@lake.k12.fl.us.

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Justine and Mrs KJustine Hall, a freshman at Mount Dora High School, won 1st place in Public Speaking at the 65th annual State Leadership Conference in Orlando last month. She was among several Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students from Mount Dora High to attend the conference with chapter advisor Billye Kozlowski on March 19-22. Justine competed against students from across the state of Florida from 20 districts. She will represent Mount Dora High School and the state of Florida at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago in July.

FBLA students competed in other business related events including Job Interview, Business Procedures, Business Calculations, Desktop Publishing and Business Ethics. Attendees could also attend business related workshops, seminars and a General Session with keynote speaker Alex Sheen, founder of “Because I Said I Would.”

Mount Dora High students’ participation in the conference was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the students and the financial support of the Charles B. and Mary M. McLin Foundation. The students and the school express their sincere appreciation for this generous support.

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Several Lake County Schools students are among the winners of the Lake County Library System’s 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest. The winning bookmarks soon will be available to view and print from the library system’s web site, http://www.mylakelibrary.org.

The presentation of awards will take place during the BookFest Authors’ Reception on Friday evening, March 13, at W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The 16 winning designs will be available at the event and distributed to all 15 Lake County Library System public libraries.

The Bookmark Design Contest winners are as follows:

Elementary School:
1st Place: Mai Nguyen, Sorrento Elementary School
2nd Place: Brianna Rodriguez, Lost Lake Elementary School
3rd Place: Madisyn Cassidy, Lake Prep School
4th Place: Kiana Morrow, Eustis Heights Elementary School

Middle School:
1st Place: Sarah Mehdinia, East Ridge Middle School
2nd Place: Sharuina Leonard, Mount Dora Middle School
3rd Place: Joshua Oscar Guerrero, Four Corners Charter School
4th Place: Alberto Escalera, Mount Dora Middle School

High School:
1st Place: Elvina Roberts, First Academy Leesburg
2nd Place: Sarina Young, Home Life Academy
3rd Place: Katherine Hacic, Mount Dora High School
4th Place: Anna Bergholtz, Mount Dora High School

1st Place: P. J. Commerford, Leesburg, FL
2nd Place: Pam Franciose, Mount Dora, FL
3rd Place: Courtney Gainer, Grand Island, FL
4th Place: Daphne Baxter, Mount Dora, FL

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