IFDA honors 16 students as 2022 Rising Stars

HIGH POINT — The International Furnishings and Design Assn.’s Carolinas Chapter held its 10th anniversary Night of Luminaries & Rising Stars recently, celebrating the most outstanding design students from colleges and universities across the Carolinas as well as presenting the organization’s prestigious Luminary Award.

Held at the Markor Art Center in downtown High Point, the evening treated students to a private tour of the Caracole, Jonathan Charles and A.R.T. showrooms and the building’s sweeping panoramic rooftop deck.

Rising Star winners for 2022 are:

  • Janine Allen, Wake Technical Community College
  • Melanie Calan-Sanchez, Salem College
  • Allison Paige Casper, East Carolina University
  • Ethan Davis, Queens University
  • Joscelyn Gallego, Converse University
  • Hannah Nicole Gerstner, Winthrop University
  • Annette Gomez, Western Carolina University
  • Katelyn Lane, Central Piedmont Community College
  • Aubrey Maness, Randolph Community College
  • Madison Potter, Meredith College
  • Emma Reamer, Appalachian State University
  • Ella Richardson, Cape Fear Community College
  • Lily Smoot, Appalachian State University
  • Sierra South, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Katie Taylor, High Point University
  • Ian Waddill, University of North Carolina—Greensboro

Rising Stars are senior-level undergraduates selected by their colleges or universities across North and South Carolina as their most outstanding home furnishings or design student. Each student chose a recent project that best exemplified his or her work and design philosophy. The projects were displayed at a special cocktail reception held in their honor.

The Luminary Award winner, Furniture Today, was represented by the publication’s founder Stephen Pond and current Editor in Chief Bill McLoughlin.

Four industry scholarship winners were also recognized.

Anna Lee from Converse University, Lauren Hellner of UNC-Greensboro and Elaine Mansure of Appalachian State University were awarded 2023 merit scholarships from the International Furnishings and Design Assn. Educational Foundation, IFDA-EF.

Tomoki Nomura, a furniture design student at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif, was named the winner of the International Society of Furniture Designers annual scholarship.

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