Darlington High’s West Wins Model Home-Building Contest at Darlington County Institute of Technology

Staff Report From Florence CEO

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Montrel West, a senior at Darlington High School who attends the Darlington County Institute of Technology, took home first place recently in DCIT’s highly competitive home-building project.

West and his other Carpentry classmates participated in the annual challenge, which requires them each to build a model home from scratch. Students are given creative freedom for finishing touches but must follow a foundational rubric for the home.

West’s home featured outstanding quality and craftsmanship, while boasting a front-yard swing and fence for good measure. Also earning recognition in the contest were Shaikeem Freeman-Peterson, Hunter Morrison and Michael Taylor.

DCIT Director Robbie Smith said the contest is a culmination of months of learning and hard work.

“This competition is an effective way to gauge the students’ mastery of the skills Mr. Jack Parker is teaching them in Carpentry,” Smith said. “They work together building an actual house during the year, but they know they are accountable individually for constructing the scale model. This is yet another example of the real-world skills our students learn at DCIT.”