BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Batesville Junior High's EAST students are celebrating their third-year win competing against schools across the nation in the Archicad Division.
According to BJHS's EAST Facilitator, Robbie Cox, each of the different software companies put on competitions each year.
Last year, BJHS EAST students Zach Shields and Carson Douglas placed first in the Archicad Division.
However, this year, Lorena Garcia and Lezli Martinez took home the big win.
Garcia and Martinez created an archicad drawing for a local Hispanic Christian Church in Batesville.
Cox said the two girls were sitting in church when they heard their pastor discussing future plans of a new church building.
Garcia and Martinez said they've been working on this project since the beginning of the beginning of the school year, back in August.
Garcia said she was filled with emotions when her teacher told her they placed first.
"Honestly, I wanted to cry," she said. "Because, I kind of had a feeling that we were going to place first; but I wasn't so sure. But, whenever he brought that back I was so happy."
Cox said there are over 200 EAST schools that competed in the national conference this year.
He said the middle school also competed with high school students as well.
Martinez said after they received their award, they went back to their church and presented their 3-D design.
"The pastor had a 2-D version of it, but we made it 3-D," she said. "They started clapping. We were proud of ourselves, and our pastor was proud of us too. He thought about getting parking spaces first, and then building more from the church using our model."
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