March 5, 2019

IDEA Region 4 High School Drafting Competition Results

Kishwaukee College was the site of the Illinois Drafting Educators Association (IDEA) Region 4 meet on March 1. The annual, statewide competition is open to high school students enrolled in drafting programs offered through their high schools. Students from Belvidere North High School (BNHS), Genoa-Kingston High School (GKHS), Jefferson High School (JHS), and Rochelle Township High School (RTHS) participated in the Region 4 meet.  

IDEA is a non-profit professional education organization founded in 1957. The organization aims to advance the drafting profession through better education. Drafters and designers are often in high demand especially by the manufacturing and construction industries. Nearly 12,000 drafters are currently employed in Illinois with about 250 current positions opened.

Student drawings in each division were judged by members of the Kishwaukee College Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology Advisory Board and second-year Kishwaukee CAD students. First and second place winners progress to the state competition on April 27 at Illinois State University.

The winners of the IDEA Region 4 competition are:  

Introductory Board

First Place: Madison Young, RTHS

Second Place: Will Gates, GKHS

Third Place: Declan Creadon, GKHS

Introductory CAD

First Place: Alex Barton, GKHS

Second Place: Evelyn Molina, BNHS

Third Place: Ryan Harms, GKHS

3D CAD Modeling

First Place: Josh Gahlbeck, GKHS

Second Place: Will Butterfield, GKHS

Machine CAD

First Place: Ryan Stanley, GKHS

Second Place: Zach Kaiser, GKHS

Third Place: Conner Lavelle, GKHS

Architectural Board

First Place: Ethan Wood, GKHS

Second Place: Evan Skarzynski, GKHS

Third Place: Tristan Mangum, GKHS

Architectural CAD 2D

First Place: Tyler Leahy, GKHS

Second Place: Logan Ortega, RTHS

Architectural CAD 3D

First Place: Gloria Oteng-Bediako, BNHS

Second Place: Emily Nipper, BNHS

Third Place: Lucas Schambach, GKHS

Architectural Design

First Place: Landen Cowell, Peyton Keller, and Ken Thammavong, JHS

Engineering Design

First Place: William Baez, Matthew Morey, and Alexie Smith, RTHS

Second Place: Cailynn Codey, Ronnie Loy, and Jonathan Villagomez, JHS

The Belvidere North team is coached by instructor Rick Booth; the Genoa-Kingston team is coached by instructor Trent Sellers; the Jefferson team is coached by instructor Craig Stenberg; and the Rochelle Township team is coached by instructor Kurt Wolter.  

For more information on the CAD Technology program at Kishwaukee College visit or contact CAD Instructor and Regional Competition Director Rick Bunton at 815-825-9634.

For more information about IDEA or drafting/design as a profession, visit

Photo Caption: Local high school students participate in IDEA Region 4 High School drafting competitions. Pictured: Members of the Genoa-Kingston High School drafting/design team who participated in the IDEA Region 4 meet held March 1 at Kishwaukee College.