Charliegh Smith, an Architectural Drafting student at the Warren County Career Center, won a $7,000 scholarship from the Visions and Voices competition at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.
Smith said, "I did the design and sent it down to Pittsburgh, then later attended the awards ceremony (held on March 2). Until the presentation, I didn't know that I had won (first place in the architectural drawing category)."
She added, "The design took me about a year to complete. I started with the floor plan, then started from scratch using an auto cad (computer assisted design) program." Her design was an scaled architectural drawing of the Consol Energy Center, where the Pittsburgh Penguins play. She will attend the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Competition in Hershey in April.
To recognize the talents of high school students and to provide them a gallery venue to exhibit their work, PTI introduced Visions and Voices more than ten years ago. Since its inception, the show has grown in size and scope permitting more students the chance to showcase their artwork, photography, filmaking, drafting and interactive design. In 2011, PTI added scholarship opportunities for Visions and Voices participants.
PTI continues its tradition of using outside professionals and PTI faculty to judge show entries and determine award recipients in seven categories: Fine Art 2D, Fine Art 3D, Photography, Graphic Design, Drafting, Multimedia-Video and Multimedia-Web/Interactive. Top entries in each of these categories receive partial tuition PTI scholarships.
The scholarship awards are Best of Show, $12,000; first place in category, $7,000; second place in category, $5,000; third place in category, $3,000; honorable mention in category, $1,500; and People's Choice award, $7,000.