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Eisenhower High graduates awarded at national competition

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Two Eisenhower High School graduates in Yakima have won national awards. This came at the Technology Student Association National Conference. Jacob Schwehr took home first place in the CAD Architecture competition at the conference. Classmate Mark Lavis won second place. They designed framing plans for a house.

"You just design all that and put it on a 26 by 28 layout and you can scroll through there and show them and they can read it, just see what we've done. So it's just on the computer," Schwehr said.

Added Lavis about doing so well at the competition, "It was pretty fantastic. I didn't even expect to place, you know. I thought, okay I was hoping for top 10, just top 10. So when I heard I got 2nd, you know I was just ecstatic."

Schwehr and Lavis were ready for the competition thanks to their high school teacher, Mr. Shane Snodgrass. "I took his drafting class for a year, freshman year," Lavis said. "Then that got me prepared for architecture. So junior year and senior year, when I did take architecture, I learned, and I just absorbed it like a sponge."

Mr. Snodgrass and Eisenhower High also prepared the students for their careers. "I want to do construction management as an actual career too. So I get to go in there and go to a company and see I can do, like bid for applications and projects," Schwehr said.

Lavis also will study architecture in college and hopes to design sports arenas. He says Seattle could use a new basketball arena with the Sonics gone, and he is happy to help.