June 2002                                                Issue 06:12

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Cañon City High School Excels in ADDA National Contest


The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) sponsors a national computer aided design contest each year, and Cañon City High School had another outstanding year in which they competed against other high schools and two-year colleges.  There were seven categories in this contest with four places in each category.  

The ADDA was established in 1959 to provide educational programs and information for designers, drafters, educators, and other interested individuals and corporations in the design/drafting fields.  The ADDA also provides certifications to universities, colleges, technical institutes and high schools.  These training institutions must provide programs which combine higher level math, science, computer, and design courses to train design students for the design/drafting work place.  Cañon City High School is one of only two high schools in the state of Colorado that offers this additional diploma or certification, and has been certified by the ADDA since 1974.

Instructor Mike Geesaman has been teaching at CCHS for the past 31 years, and has been instrumental in guiding his students to develop advanced skills in their Design and Drafting III class, and helping to prepare them with employable skills.  He proudly says about the contest, "We have done well in past years but this is our best year to date."  Cañon City High School has been using CADVANCE since version 1.01.  


CCHS won half of the 28 possible places. The results of the 2002 contest are as follows:

  *Winning First place in the nation are:  

Mechanical Category, Jennifer Banker - view drawing 1, drawing 2

Electronic Category, Rusty Rotolo - view drawing

Civil Category, Gina Nichols - view drawing

Piping Category, Matt Brekke - view drawing

  *Winning Second place in the nation are:

Mechanical Category, Jessica Cline

Civil Category, Christie Colbert

*Winning Third in the nation are:

Technical Illustration, Eric Karuth

Electrical Category, Cole Ones

Civil Category, Craig Christensen

Piping Category, Mickey Pirraglia  

*Receiving Honorable Mention are:

Technical Illustration, Crystal Olin (not pictured)

Electronic Category, Dustin Clasby (not pictured)

Civil Category, Zack Jayson

Piping Category, Marcia Burciago (not pictured)


* CCHS Students use CADVANCE 2000 software for most of their drawings.  



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