HPU Students Among Finalists In Design Competition


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 28, 2010 ? Four High Point University students were among those honored as part of the first national Raymond Waites Design Competition.

The students, who were among the 10 finalists in the competition, included Lauren Graback, junior; Kristen Holland, sophomore; Colleen Lettich, sophomore; and. Courtney Stark, junior.

The finalists and the winner, Bradley James Yandow, were honored at a special reception on April 16 during the High Point Market in the Design + Innovation area at Market Square & Suites. Their entries were on display throughout the International Home Furnishings Market, April 17-22.

The competition, which was sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) and was open to undergraduate interior design students, presented a design challenge that included an essay, floor plan, renderings, specifications and an original product drawing.

Raymond Waites, a home furnishings designer with residences in New York and High Point, serves on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design program at HPU. He sponsors the annual competition that has a goal of expanding the design horizon of students who typically are not given contemporary assignments and class work, and exposes them to the traditional-mix design projects they will encounter in the industry and with consumer clients.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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