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A-Tech Student Wins MGM Design Competition
A-Tech Student Wins MGM Design Competition

A contest that recognizes students for creative design, successful problem solving, and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings Tuesday crowned Brandan K. Siebrecht the winner of the 2012 Las Vegas High School CAD Drafting Contest.

Siebrecht, a senior from Advanced Technologies Academy, prevailed over 67 other contestants. In addition to winning a cash prize of $500, he also earned a summer internship opportunity with MGM Resorts International Design.

The annual competition is sponsored by The National Association of Women in Construction and solicits Computer Assisted Design drawings from junior and senior high school students from across the Las Vegas Valley.

“This contest is a great way for us to come together as a community to support the development of our young aspiring architects and engineers,” said Elizabeth Teramoto, President of NAWIC’s Las Vegas Chapter. “Each year, we present them with a challenging design problem created by a licensed architect or engineer, and each year they impress us with their drawings.”

The contestants’ designs were presented last week to a panel of judges comprised of local architects, project managers, and design professionals. The drawings were evaluated according to creativity, orientation and accuracy, and completeness. In addition to Siebrecht, second- and third-place winners were also chosen, winning $300 and $200 respectively.

This year’s competition is particularly special because the contest’s winner will receive a 160-hour summer internship opportunity with MGM Resorts International Design.

“Supporting the education and talent development of our community’s students is of utmost importance to MGM Resorts,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We are proud to support NAWIC and the students participating in this contest, who may very well grow to become the nation’s next best architects and engineers.”

During his internship, Siebrecht will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of the gaming industry’s leading development executives and train in the area of architectural CAD for construction of gaming and hospitality venues.          

As Las Vegas’ CAD Drafting Contest champion, Siebrecht’s design will move on to compete in NAWIC’s Regional CAD Drafting Contest. There, Siebrecht will compete with 157 other students for a $300 cash prize and the opportunity to go on to Nationals.

For more information about NAWIC’s Annual High School CAD Drafting Contest, please visit www.nawiceducation.org.

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