NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Five West Essex High School juniors and CAD Level 3 students prevailed in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) CAD Drafting Competition. The student work was judged by professional architects in Connecticut. 

Teacher Richard Bettini said the following students received awards in the competition: first place—Andrew Scheid of North Caldwell; second place—James Lebeda of Fairfield; third place—Justin Iandolo of Fairfield; and honorable mention—Salvatore Karch and Christopher Durko of Fairfield. Scheid also received a $50 gift card and Lebeda and Iandolo received $25 gift cards.

The students were asked to design a 1,500-square-foot residence for a family with three children including one disabled child. They were given a site plane and specific requirements that the family wanted in their new home. The participants were also asked to make the home barrier-free following American with Disabilities Act design standards.