Congratulations to the Students of the NKBA Design Competition!!

NKBA Charette 2015/2016 Student Design Competition Winners Announced

Aug 2, 2016



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John O’Reilly

 Leanne Wood

NKBA Charette 2015/2016 Student Design Competition Winners Announced
More than $30,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Students

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (August 2, 2016) —The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Monogram are proud to announce the winners of the NKBA Charette Design Competition, which awards students more than $30,000 in scholarships. For over a decade, this competition has been recognizing students who demonstrate advanced skill in kitchen design by planning a safe, functional kitchen within a three-hour timeframe.

“There is an incredible level of talent and creativity among the students at NKBA-accredited colleges,” said Brandon Hochhalter, CKD, Marketing Development Manager at Monogram. “Each year we recognize the outstanding designs integrating Monogram® appliances in the kitchen. Monogram would like to congratulate all the finalists and wish them continued success in the future.”

Nearly 100 NKBA student members from 11 colleges participated in the challenge of creating a kitchen floor plan with specifications, a design statement, and a perspective or elevation of a kitchen featuring Monogram appliances, completed within three hours. Each participating college chose up to three local winners to receive $50 each.

All designs must adhere to the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines and the NKBA Graphics and Presentation Standards. The winning designers successfully incorporated these elements into their designs, along with special features that impressed the judges.

2015/2016 Winners

1st place – $5,000 Scholarship

  • Sydney Melnyk, Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta

2nd place – $4,000 Scholarship

  • Sara Downing, Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta

3rd place – $3,000 Scholarship

  • Rebecca Chekan, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario

4th place – $2,500 Scholarship

  • Kari Gasoigne, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria, MN

5th place – $2,000 Scholarship

  • Stephen Shaw, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Honorable Mentions – $1,000 Scholarships

  • Suzy Morris, Front Range Community College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Kathryn Waller, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA
  • Rebecca Kurczaba, Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta
  • Leslie Jennings, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
  • Leonardo Herruzo, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

About Monogram

Monogram is at the forefront of building innovative, energy-efficient appliances that improve people’s lives.  Monogram products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water heaters.  From design to production to service, our goal is to help people improve their lives at home. For more information on Monogram, visit

For editorial assistance, including photography, contact John O’Reilly c/o O’Reilly DePalma:  815-469-9100

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