UH Students Take Top Honors
In Walt Disney Design Competition
HONOLULU--University of Hawaii at Manoa students took top honors in the
Walt Disney Imagi-Nations Design Competition held in Glendale, California. Two
student design teams placed first and third in the team competition and a student
designer placed second in the individual competition. The UH Manoa student designers
were selected as winners on June 13th, after making final presentations to Walt
Disney Imagineering executives on June 12th.
Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the creative force behind Walt Disney Company
that conjures up and constructs Disneys theme parks. For the past nine years
Disney has selected UH Manoa as one of several institutions to take part in the
national campaign to identify potential "imagineers." UH Manoa design
teams have placed in the finals for eight of those nine years.
In this years team competition, the team of architecture undergraduates
Myles Michibata, Mariel Moriwake, Jeremy Shoda, and Ryan Yamamoto won first place
with their project entitled "Lumina." Third place went to architecture
undergraduates Karen Lee, Tobie Leong, Jason Takatani and Duane Uchida for their
project entitled "Shakesperience." In the individual competition, undergraduate
Nicolette Davenport placed second with her project "Tum Tums Paw Print.
The winning students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each.
First place winners Michibata, Moriwake, Shoda and Yamamoto will receive $2,000
each and the third place team members Lee, Leong, Takatani and Uchida will receive
$1,000 each. For winning second place in the individual competition Davenport
will receive $1,500. The winning students are also being given the opportunity
to interview for positions with the Walt Disney Company.