March 5, 2020

IDEA regional high school drafting competition results

Kishwaukee College was the site of the Illinois Drafting Educators Association (IDEA) regional meet on February 28. 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) and Rochelle Township High School (RTHS) participated in the regional 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.

Student drawings in each division were judged by members of the Kishwaukee College Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology Advisory Board, industry professionals including the IDEA competition director Steve Skorup, and a second-year Kishwaukee CAD student. First and second place winners will progress to the state competition on April 18 at Illinois State University.

The winners of the IDEA regional competition are:  

Introductory Board
First Place: Olivia Picurro, GKHS
Second Place: Will Franson, GKHS

Introductory CAD
First Place: Cameron Logan, BNHS
Second Place: Aaron Vondergathen, RTHS
Third Place: Makaila Crump, RTHS

3D CAD Modeling
First Place: Zach Kaiser, GKHS
Second Place: Tyler Leahy, GKHS
Third Place: Nathan Reichenback, GKHS

3D Assembling Modeling
First Place: Patrick Gutkenect, GKHS
Second Place: Nathan DePauw, GKHS

Machine CAD
First Place: Alex Barton, GKHS
Second Place: Connor LaVelle, GKHS

Architectural Board
First Place: William Butterfield, GKHS
Second Place: Evan Skarzynski, GKHS

Architectural CAD 2D
First Place: Vinny Giorno, GKHS
Second Place: Tristan Mangum, GKHS

Architectural CAD 3D
First Place: Emily Nipper, BNHS
Second Place: Logan Ortega, RTHS
Third Place: Maritza Modesto, BNHS

First and second place in the Architectural CAD 2D category and first place in the Architectural CAD 3D received an additional prize donated by Alexander Lumber in Cortland.

The Belvidere North team is coached by instructor Rick Booth; the Genoa-Kingston team is coached by instructor Trent Sellers; 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 academic advisor Missy Gillis at  or 815-825-9423.

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

Photo Caption: Local high school students participate in IDEA regional high school drafting competitions on February 28 at Kishwaukee College. Picture 1: The Rochelle Township High School drafting/design team and coach Kurt Wolter. Picture 2: The Genoa-Kingston High School drafting/design team. Photo 3: The Belvidere North High School drafting/design team.