On Tuesday, April 4, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln (HBAL), honored the young people who have excelled in programs we sponsor. HBAL takes very seriously its dedication to youth and to housing and we feel we have some outstanding programs which foster an interest in and love for homebuilding.
Our High School Interior Design and CAD Residential Design Contest recently completed its 51st year. These student entries were judged and displayed at the Nebraska Builders Home and Garden Show. Pam Magner introduced the winners and recognized the staff in attendance from Lincoln Public Schools.
- Stan Haas, Assistant Curriculum Specialist: Career and Technical Education
- Kristin Vest, Assistant Curriculum Specialist: Family & Consumer Sciences
- Jessica Meyers, Lincoln North Star High School
- Jon Heithold, Lincoln East High School
- Brittany Wach, Alyssa Day and Moriah Reinwald, Lincoln East High School
- Kurt Holliday, Seward High School
Residential Design Contest Winners:
- Colin Standifer, Seward High School, placed third and receives $100.
- Ian Nebesniak, Lincoln East placed second and receives $150.
- Collin Cartwright, Lincoln East, placed first and receives $200.
Judges for this contest were Dan Loeck (Loeck Designs), Greg Smith and Aubrey Wassung (Davis Design) and Marlene Stroup (Schwinn Homes).
- Julia Steffensmeier, Lincoln East placed third and receives $100.
- Jenna Johnson, Lincoln East placed second and receives $150.
- Ava Simpson, Lincoln North Star High School placed first and receives $200.
Judges for this contest were Delrae Hirschmann (Delrae Designs), Pam Magner (Reynolds Design and Remodeling) and Kelli Fleek (True North Custom Homes).
The Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation awards scholarships each year to high school seniors who are entering college to pursue a degree related to construction. We also award $4,500 in scholarships to students already enrolled at SCC-Milford in construction programs. Lori Wellman recognized those SCC Milford students in attendance prior to presenting this year’s scholarships from the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation.
The following recipients each receive a $1,000 HBAL/ Remodelers Council Scholarship.
Cody Damme – Cody attends Syracuse High School and plans to attend UNL majoring in Construction Engineering. Cody hopes to find a job working as an engineer for a construction company after college. He is active in SkillsUSA, FFA, Student Council, Golf, Trap, Football, and 4-H along with volunteering for many other organizations. Cody has always been fascinated by homebuilding and looks forward to finding a rewarding career in construction.
Cooper Norris – Cooper attends Pius X High School and plans to attend Southeast Community College majoring in electrical technology. Cooper is active in football and track, and stays busy volunteering at his church and school sporting events. Cooper was able to shadow an electrician recently which showed him the opportunities available in the construction industry. Someday he would like to start his own electrical business.
Grant Anderson – Grant attends Pius X High School and plans to attend Wayne State, majoring in industrial technology. Grant is active in track and field, bowling, baseball, volunteers for Bright Lights, Orphan Grain Train, and Catholic Social Services, along with working for Dairy Queen and the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center. Grant enjoys working with his hands and likes to find solutions to problems and construction is a perfect fit.
The $1,500 President’s scholarship is awarded to a student who has a parent or relative who is a member or employed by a member of Home Builders. This year we had two fantastic applicants. The winners are Logan Stroup, son of Marlene and Mark Stroup with Schwinn Homes and Tate Samek, son of Jenny and Mike Samek with Willet Construction.
Logan attends Lincoln Southwest High School and will be attending Southeast Community College, majoring in welding. Logan is active in track and field, football, church group and shoots trap for Southwest. Logan enjoys the hands-on experience of creating something and being proud of the finished product. Logan’s parents’ careers in engineering and construction have been the biggest influence in his decision to pursue a construction related career.
Tate attends Lincoln Southwest High School and will be attending Southeast Community College, majoring in electrical technology. Tate is active in track and field, is an active member of St. Peters Church and works at Texas Roadhouse. Tate has found classes related to electrical work to be the most interesting trades related class. Tate’s parents have helped influence his decision to pursue a construction related career.
We encourage everyone to share information about the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Scholarships with future candidates who you may know or meet throughout the year.