Matthew Graziano advanced to the final round of the national design-build student competition. He is working toward a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and a master's degree in structural engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The school is now moving on to the final round of the competition. Graziano is on a team that was selected among nine teams that emerged as front-runners at the regional level.
Phase 1 of the competition was conducted in late September, when a project description was issued for a hypothetical performing arts center on a college campus. Teams of four students outlined their approach to the project, which included performance and office spaces, screening rooms, lecture areas and classrooms, and an aesthetic that incorporates the historical, cultural and architecture of the college and community.
Phase 2 began Oct. 15, when the teams received the complete RFP from the national jury. These three teams had one week to respond to the RFP. The teams will present their complete packages to the National Jury Nov. 8. The 45-minute oral presentation/interview session will take place during the 2012 Design-Build Conference and Expo in New Orleans.
Natalie Barbato and Sara Murillo were awarded in-state scholarships to Lake Forest College. Barbato attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park. Murillo, a York High School graduate, also earned a Forester Reid Music Scholarship.
John Callahan has enrolled as a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Mary Kate Hussey, a Fenwick High School graduate, was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for her performances in games played through Oct. 7. She is a sophomore defender at Saint Mary's in Royal Oak, Mich.
Paul DeRonne won the 2012 Concerto Competition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio. DeRonne and three other musicians, harpist Rebekah Efthimiou from NY, pianist Zhi Qiao from China and violinist Wyatt Underhill from Wisconsin, will perform their winning repertoire in public concerts with Oberlin’s orchestras this season. The Concerto Competition takes place every October and is open to conservatory seniors and Artist Diploma students. The competition was judged by distinguished artists, including pianist Jerome Lowenthal and Edith Wiens from the Juilliard School, and flutist Ransom Wilson from Yale School of Music.