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Three students take top prizes; 8 win Artarama certificates


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (July 31, 2009) – Students in the Advanced Rendering Class of the Interior Design program at Tidewater Community College applied their skills to a real-life design contest this summer. They took on a challenge from the Ainslie Group, residential homebuilders, to prepare design ideas for two new units at their Lake Archway Project off Indian River Road.

“Be as creative as you want,” was the advice given to the students by Jeff Ainslie, president and owner of the Ainslie Group. The project included, in color, a floor plan, great room and dining room perspectives, and a scale model of the kitchen/eat-in area, said professor Alex Reichardt.

Judging, held July 27 at TCC’s Chesapeake Campus, was conducted by Ruby Ainslie, design specialist for Ainslie Group (shown center right), and Ross Millard, an architect for the Ainslie Group (shown center left). The judges looked for three main components: originality, presentation and livability.

The award winners were Brenda Davis (shown above left) – first prize, Michelle Alderman – second prize, and Heather Dickinson – third prize. The top three winners received iPod’s from Ruby Ainslie and Ross Millard for the Ainslie Group, and the top eight winners received $25-$100 gift certificates by Ron Steele, manager of Artarama (shown above right).


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit