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Three students take top prizes; 8 win Jerry's Artarama certificates
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The winners are; far left, first prize, Carole Harrell of Norfolk; middle photo, second prize, Padmaja Akkina of Virginia Beach; and third prize, Ray Arnold of Virginia Beach.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 11, 2010) – Students in the Advanced Rendering Class of the Interior Design program at Tidewater Community College went all out to create award-winning model-sized homes for a real-life design contest this summer.

The class of 19 students took on a challenge from the Ainslie Group, residential homebuilders, to prepare design ideas for the firm’s Sinatra Model at the Lake Archway project in Virginia Beach.

“It’s key to be very creative and incorporate the bells and whistles expected by today’s home owners,” advised Jeff Ainslie, president and owner of the Ainslie Group.

Each of the students produced scale models, in color and great detail, of at least a major section of the kitchen/eat-in area of the home. The model, superimposed over the first-floor plan, included an artistic rendering of the great room and a samples board, explained professor Alex Reichardt. Drawings were done by hand, CAD or Revit. Some students went a step further, creating a computerized virtual model.

Judging, held Aug. 2 at TCC’s Chesapeake Campus, was conducted by Debbie Ainslie, professional decorator, and Ross Millard, director of product design for the Ainslie Group. The judges looked for three main components: creativity, presentation and livability.

Judge Debbie Ainslie congratulates Carole Harrell.
Judge Debbie Ainslie congratulates Padmaja Akkina.
Judge Debbie Ainslie congratulates Ray Arnold.
Judge Ross Millard talks with Meredith Johnson.

The top award winners are: first prize, Carole Harrell of Norfolk; second prize, Padmaja Akkina of Virginia Beach; and third prize, Ray Arnold of Virginia Beach. The honorable mention winners are: Stefanie Puckettof Newport News, Shannon Austin of Virginia Beach, Betty Higginbotham of Chesapeake, Brooke Grabowski of Norfolk and Jamie Charnick of Newport News.

The top three winners received iPod’s from Ainslie and the top eight winners received $100 - $25gift certificates from Ron Steele, manager of Jerry’s Artarama.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the 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