June 9, 2011
Writer: Writer: Kim Summers

Brigham Young University-Idaho's Department of Interior Design takes top national honors - again. Out of more than 60 eligible institutions, BYU-Idaho was one of 10 other universities to receive the National Kitchen and Bath Association's (NKBA) Excellence in Education award last week.

To qualify for the Excellence in Education award, each college had to submit two student bath designs and receive an average score of at least 93 out of a possible 100 on its projects. Kitchen and bath industry professionals judged the designs based on NKBA's planning guidelines and graphic and presentation standards, using the designs to evaluate the quality of the interior design program itself. This year, BYU-Idaho students scored 100 percent. "BYU-Idaho has placed the past four years but this is the first time we have received a 100," said Wendy Harris of the Department of Interior Design.

In addition, Clarisse McCann won the NKBA Outstanding Student Award for BYU-Idaho and received a $100 scholarship. Students who win this award are chosen based on academic success, volunteer work within the NKBA organization, and past awards. Harris hopes that the great honor of this award will excite present and future students to work hard and creatively to proudly represent BYU-Idaho.