Competition winners were recognized during a standing-room only awards ceremony on Sunday attended by more than 1,500 students and their supporters. The winners were announced by Bill Faulk and Steve Nellis from Centex Homes.
The ceremonies opened with a presentation of the Distinguished Service Award by Jim Sattler, the Home Builders Institute's (HBI) 2004 chairman of the board, to Steve Nellis, an HBI trustee and vice president of recruiting for Centex Homes.
Connie Edwards, corporate co-chair of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB, presented three NCHI Outstanding Student Chapter Awards. The first-place winner, Southeast Community College in Milford, NE, received a $2,000 check. Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Stanton, PA, placed second; and Brigham Young University-Idaho won third place.
Alison Weintraub, acquisitions editor at Thomson/Delmar Learning, which joined the NAHB Student Chapters’ roster of corporate partners last year with its sponsorship of the awards for Outstanding Educators, presented the award for the Two Year/Secondary School category to NAHB Student Chapter Advisory Board Chair Jim Gronski of York County School of Technology. Rick Druckenmiller of Penn College was honored in the Four-Year School category.
Also presented were 30 Outstanding Student Awards from BuilderBooks.com. Bruno Pasquanelli of the Lee Evans Scholarship Committee announced the winners of the National Housing Endowment’s Lee Evans Scholarships for 2004-2005. Schools with chapters of more than 100 members and Silver Club schools that have participated in the competitions for 10 years were recognized as 100 Plus Club members.
The ceremonies were followed by a reception sponsored by Pulte Homes.
On Monday, some 600 student members participated in the Building Careers Job Fair, seeking their first job in the industry from the country's top home building companies.
For a complete list of award winners at the show, click here.