July 3, 1998

EastLake Students Awarded For Their New Home Designs, Computer Skills

Today's high school students could become tomorrow's builders and architects. That was the premise of the third annual Compass Awards, a contest held recently for CAD (computer-aided design) students at EastLake High.

Sponsored by The EastLake Company, the contest required students to design a home for a family of five on a 8,000-square-foot lot. Students were judged in categories ranging from "no blatant code violations" to "creativity in design."

Using design criteria formulated by builders and CAD design instructor Ed Roeters, students presented plot and floor plans, and front and rear elevations. Students worked diligently for 3-4 months to create a "dream home" custom-fit for the booming South County region.

Winners were awarded scholarship funds for college. Kevin Parker, an EastLake High senior earned the $250 first-place award. It was the second year in a row he had been honored —Parker took third place last year. James Pantaleon, a senior, won second place ($125), and Jason Mendez, a sophomore, grab-bed third ($75). Kevin Faverty, a senior, took honorable mention.

"Offering kids every educational advantage is a top priority in the EastLake community," said Paul Nieto, president and CEO of The EastLake Company and a Compass Awards judge. "The awards give students a `real world' problem-solving challenge. And, more than anything, we think it gives EastLake High's pre-engineering students a unique advantage in their college preparation."

Students' final projects were presented orally to a distinguished panel of judges representing various facets of the building industry. In addition to Nieto, the judges included: Bill Cardon, president of the San Diego division of Kaufman & Broad; Luis Hernandez, senior planner for the city of Chula Vista; Jose Ruiz de Chavez, project superintendent for TopMark Communities; and Mike Lake, project manager for The EastLake Company.