AWFS® Student Design Contest 2005 Grows

There were 58 student works chosen as finalists for display at AWFS Vegas, July 27-30, 2005 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The 2005 student design contest attracted 160 entries, a 40 percent increase over the number received in 2003.

"The contest has truly arrived as a national event. Entries were submitted from border to border and coast to coast. Only the best have entered," said Duane Griffiths, chair of the Student Design Committee and manager of education for Stiles Machinery.

Applications from 10 high schools and 23 post secondary schools in the United States and Canada went to a nine-member judging panel for preliminary judging. The panel will come together in Las Vegas for the final judging and selection of winners, which will be announced at the AWFS awards reception on July 28.

"Encouraging a future workforce is the motivating factor behind the contest," said Dale Silverman, AWFS executive director. "There is tremendous value in bringing both the students and teachers in contact with the industry to learn of the latest tools, techniques and technology in the industry," said Silverman, "and affording them the opportunity to meet with other students and teachers for an exchange of ideas."

Winners will be featured in the book, Fresh Wood: New Designers, Volume 2, to be published by Mitra Publishing Group in collaboration with AWFS. Additionally, $25,000 will be awarded in cash prizes.


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