HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 9-19-00



























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC STUDENTS WIN AT FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION

Two Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Woodworking students received awards at the Design Emphasis 2000 Student Furniture Design Competition recently held in Atlanta, Georgia.



Brian Wurst won the top award as the overall winner in the Design category with a table made of bent wood strips. Shane Martin won an honorable mention in the Casegoods/Occasional category with a coffee table.



According to Wayne Raab, HCC woodworking instructor, HCC made an impressive showing. "We were the only two-year college that made it to the final show, and of the 61 student finalists, HCC had 5 of them."



Design Emphasis 2000 was the highlight of the International Woodworking Fair which is held every two years in Atlanta. The student design competition offered design students a unique opportunity to demonstrate talent and originality. Students from 42 universities and colleges submitted pieces in May for the pre-screening judging.

61 student finalists, representing 21 colleges, had projects shown in the final exhibition. Winners were selected by a judging panel of experienced professionals including furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds.

Awards were given in five categories: seating, casegood/occasional, contract, ready-to-assemble, and design creativity. Monetary awards were given as follows: honorable mention, $250; merit award, $500 and category winner, $1,250.

In addition to the monetary award, Wurst also won a sculpted wooden trophy.

Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts: Wood curriculum is a two-year associate degree program. Emphasis is placed on design, creativity, production, and entrepreneurship skills. For more information about this program, contact HCC Student Services at (828) 627-4500 or call 1-866-Go To HCC.

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Wayne Raab (left), HCC instructor and first place winner Brian Wurst., holding the trophy he recently received at Design Emphasis 2000, is shown with his prize-winning table. Wurst was named category winner in Design Creativity for the intricately designed table.

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