18 April 2012
The Winners of the 2012 NKBA/GE Charette Competition are
More than $20,000 in scholarships, awarded to students
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ and SAN FRANCISCO, CA - April 18, 2012 -
For the seventh consecutive year, the National Kitchen &
Bath Association (NKBA) and GE Appliances are proud to
announce the winners of the NKBA/GE Charette Competition,
which awards students more than $20,000 in scholarships.
The competition recognizes students who demonstrate
advanced skill in kitchen design by planning a safe,
functional kitchen within a three-hour period.
"There is an incredible level of talent and creativity
among the students at NKBA-accredited colleges," said
Brandon Hochhalter, marketing manager for GE Monogram.
"Each year we recognize the outstanding designs integrating
GE Monogram® appliances in the kitchen. GE would like to
congratulate all the finalists for their excellent designs
and wish them continued success in the future."
More than 400 students from 31 colleges participated in the
challenge, which included creating a kitchen floor plan
with specifications, along with a design statement and
perspective or elevation of a kitchen featuring GE
appliances, completed within three hours. Each of the 31
colleges chose up to three local winners to receive $50.
"We are proud to support the programs that will help
develop student designers into the future generation of
professional designers," said 2012 NKBA President Alan W.
Zielinski, CKD. "When students have targeted their area of
interest in the kitchen and bath industry, we want to offer
them opportunity to hone their interest and ability and
turn it into a real skill and a solid career."
The design challenge: create a kitchen using GE Monogram®
brand appliances, which offer commercial-grade features for
clients Joshua & Ashley Henderson and their 14 year old
daughter Taylor. Taylor is a player on her school's
softball team. The Henderson's often have the team over to
celebrate their wins. They want the team to have quick
access to drinks, so a conveniently located GE
under-counter beverage center was desired.
All designs must adhere to the NKBA Planning Guidelines, as
well as to NKBA Graphic and Presentation Standards. The
winning designers successfully incorporated these elements
into their creations, along with special features that
impressed the judges.
1st place - $5,000 Scholarship
Alicia Meeker, Vancouver Community College; Vancouver, BC,
2nd place - $4,000 Scholarship
Valene Edwards, Brigham Young University- Idaho; Rexburg,
3rd place - $3,000 Scholarship
Julie Arthurs - Lakeland College, Vermillion, AB, Canada
4th place - $2,500 Scholarship
Rebecca Johnston - Lakeland College, Vermillion, AB, Canada
5th place - $2,000 Scholarship
Alexandra Williams, Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, VA
Honorable Mentions - $1,000 scholarships
Jill Garibaldi, Cañada College; Redwood City, CA
Nozomi Galloway, West Valley College; Saratoga, CA
Karen Klavuhn, Santa Fe Community College; Santa Fe, NM
Ellen Peterson, Alexandria Technical & Community College;
Kent Schumacher, University of Nebraska Kearney Campus,
To receive the winning designs, contact NKBA Academic
Relations Manager Sherylin Doyle, AKBD at 1-800-THE-NKBA
(843-6522), x3793 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the design challenge, solution
generated by the first place winner, and also for a
complete list of finalists, go to NKBA.org/XXXX
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a
non-profit trade association with over 50,000 members that
has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more
than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an
inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath
designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive
glossary of remodeling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can
also find certified kitchen and bath professionals in their
areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the
free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn
more, visit the NKBA Press Room at NKBA.org/Press or call
About GE Appliances
GE Appliances is at the forefront of building innovative,
energy-efficient appliances that improve people's lives. GE
Appliances' products include refrigerators, freezers,
cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air
conditioners, water filtration systems and water heaters.
General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to
build a world that works better.www.ge.com/appliances