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Chapel Hill High School Student Honored for Architectural Design
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Austin Teal presented his winning design at the NAWIC luncheon in May.
Austin Teal presented his winning design at the NAWIC luncheon in May.
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Austin Teal, rising senior at Chapel Hill High School, was honored in May, 2017, at a luncheon sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Students in architecture classes at Chapel Hill High School and Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, GA, competed in the 2016-2017 National Education Foundation (NEF) CAD Design and Drafting Competition. Students were assigned the project of designing a dental office using CAD software. Austin placed first for Chapel Hill High School and presented his project to the audience at the luncheon. Austin is the son of Mitzi and Adrian Teal of Douglasville.

Classes in the Architectural Drafting pathway at Chapel Hill High School are taught by Mrs. Connie Highnote. A teacher for 23 years, Mrs. Highnote holds a master’s degree from Georgia State University in Instructional Technology. She was the Chapel Hill High School Teacher of the Year for 2013 and was previously honored as the Georgia Architectural Drawing and Design Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Highnote’s students have participated in the NAWIC competition for the last 10 years. “The competition is great because it is project based learning and increases student motivation and learning,” said Mrs. Highnote.

Many of Mrs. Highnote’s students have pursued careers in architecture, engineering, or construction. Michael Awalt, Chapel Hill Class of 2012 and one of Mrs. Highnote’s former students, is on track to receive his Bachelor’s of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in May, 2018. He spent the last school year in a preceptorship at an architectural firm in Philadelphia. He will spend spring semester at the Rice University campus in Paris.

The NAWIC has 131 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. For more than 30 years, the NAWIC Education Foundation has offered creative and educational programs for students from grade school to high school.