Woodworking students cut up the competition

Woodworking students cut up the competition

Sylvia Duran

Three Cerritos College Woodworking students won a total of five awards at the Association of Woodwork Furnishings Suppliers Fair held at the Anaheim Convetion Center on August 2-5.

“Competition was fierce,” said woodworking instructor Anthony Fortner of the 8,000 to10,000 participants in attendance who came from all over the world.

“The feeling is indescribable,” said Cerritos Woodworking student Steve Lacey, referring to winning three awards.

Lacey won first place and $1000 in the Casegood Division, was voted by his peers as winner of the People’s Choice Award,which came with $500, and was also presented with the President’s Award which came with $2500 that went to the school’s Woodworking program.

In the Chair category, Dave Mootchnik,won first place and $1000 while Paul Lavoie was awarded the Honorable Mention award.

Cerritos College “beat out” top-notch woodworking design schools from all over the country such as the Art Center College of Design, Savannah Art College and Rhode Island school of Design, some of whom’s tuition is$40,000.

“We are the school of choice,”said Fortner “We won the award for best woodworking college in North America.

“We are able to produce award-winning designs in a woodworking class and that says a lot about our program.”

The Woodworking program has built the furnishings in the school’s President and Vice President’s offices, library, cosmetology and technology labs.

The experience is “beneficial to our students and campus,” according to Fortner,”We are building fursnishings at a much higher quality than the school can afford to buy.”

“Fortner pushes us hard,” said Lacey,”He really wants to make our designs better. You just basically go out there put on your headmuffs, safety glasses, and you get out there and work and do your best.”