CCTE student wins national architectural design award

An architectural graphics design student at CCTE on Thursday received a great surprise: some much-welcomed cash to help him pay for college.

Isaac Vera, a senior at Austin High School, earned first place nationally in the National Association of Women in Construction’s National Education Foundation CAD/Design/Drafting Competition.

Vera earned a $1,500 scholarship and is now eligible for more cash for college.

“It feels great to represent Austin High and CCTE,” the aspiring architect said. “Hopefully it opens a lot of doors for me in college and then internships.”

Vera was among 15 students vying for the national prize. Nearly 500 students from throughout the country entered the competition.

Members of the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction were at hand on Thursday to surprise him with the news of his award.

He and other competitors were tasked with creating a high-speed study zone, a safe space for students to complete homework and assignments using internet connections.

Isaac qualified for the national competition by placing first in the regional contest. Franklin High School student Maxyne Sarabia earned third place at regionals.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD