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Jackson High School team places second in national building design competition

Jackson High Schools CIRT team. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Jackson High Schools CIRT team. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

The Seattle-based ACE Mentor Program of Washington received two significant national awards on April 30, 2018, recognizing students and mentors in their local affiliate.

The Construction Industry Round Table professional organization (CIRT) has conducted a nation-wide building design competition for more than 11 years. Eligible teams submit a solution to one of several design prompts, and three finalists are selected to present their designs at the CIRT Annual Meeting in Washington D.C..

This year, out of 60 entries, a team of four students from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, along with three mentors from LMN Architects, was selected as a finalist. This is the first year a Seattle team has been named a finalist.

Their design, “Releasing the Dragon,”solves an Urban Block challenge and redesigns the King Street Station area in the International District of Seattle. 

The other two finalist teams were from Iowa and Florida.

After Jean Kim, a senior at Jackson High School, presented the design entry to a panel of CIRT judges on Monday, April 30th, the team was awarded second place and a prize of $3,000 for the affiliate.

Third place went to the Central Florida team for their design addressing an Ideal School challenge, and first place went to the Central Iowa team for their design addressing a Flexible Home challenge.

The members of the Seattle design team were Ryan Chu, senior at Jackson High; Iman Haji, sophomore at Jackson High; Andrew Hyun, senior at Jackson High; Jean Kim, senior at Jackson High; and Kyle Kiser, Martin Sicotte, and Juan Pedro Alvarez, architects at LMN Architects in Seattle.

Additionally, the ACE Mentor Program of America, in conjunction with the CIRT event, announced winners of the ENR Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award. Thousands of mentors nation-wide are eligible and nominated by their affiliates.

This year, five recipients out of almost 30 nominations were selected, and among them was Casey Riske, Associate and BIM Manager at The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle. This was the first year a Seattle mentor has been awarded an Outstanding Mentor Award. Casey received the award in D.C. on April 30th, as well.

Riske has been mentoring with ACE in Seattle for 12 of the organization’s 17 years, leading a mentoring group for most of those years. He has spearheaded fund-raising efforts for the affiliate and has mentored students with other design opportunities outside of ACE, like the ASCE Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition at the Museum of Flight.

Riske is a down-to-earth mentor who loves what he does, and inspires students to return to his team year after year.

Congratulations to the Jackson High School students, the mentors, LMN Architects, Casey, and the Miller Hull Partnership!

These awards bring exceptional recognition to the ACE program in Seattle.

ENR Outstanding Mentor award winner Casey Riske (holding trophy). Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

ENR Outstanding Mentor award winner Casey Riske (holding trophy). Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

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