JCCHS sophomore to study in Italy

Jackson County Comprehensive High School sophomore Javier Alvarez Alvarado, who will spend three weeks in Italy studying architecture with Harvard-educated architects, celebrates his scholarship with, from left, Dr. Pete Jones, JCCHS principal; architectural drawing and design teacher Mollie Neufeld; and Todd Shultz, Jackson County School System’s director of career, technical and agricultural education.

Jackson County Comprehensive High School sophomore Javier Alvarez Alvarado, who will spend three weeks in Italy studying architecture with Harvard-educated architects, celebrates his scholarship with, from left, Dr. Pete Jones, JCCHS principal; architectural drawing and design teacher Mollie Neufeld; and Todd Shultz, Jackson County School System’s director of career, technical and agricultural education.

CIAO!, the Center for Introduction to Architecture Overseas, has awarded its first scholarship to Javier Alvarez-Alvarado, a Jackson County Comprehensive High School sophomore who recently earned first place in the American Institute of Architects Atlanta High School Design Competition.

The decision by the board of the Center for Sustainable Urbanism, which awards the scholarship, was unanimous, according to information from Gail Whitney Karn, CSFU’s director.

This year’s full scholarship, which covers airfare, tuition, and room and board, will allow Javier to join other high school juniors and seniors on a three-week practical exploration of sustainability as it impacts the built historical and contemporary environments of Rome and Sant’Angelo in Pontano, Italy.

Students will end the program by applying lessons learned to a real-life design problem affecting the local community, and they will present their solutions to local officials and the public.

Javier is a student in Mollie Neufeld’s architectural drawing and design class, part of the Jackson County School System’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural program’s Architectural Drawing & Design pathway.

He is the son of Gladys Alvarado and Javier Alvarez, and the family lives in Braselton.

The Center for Sustainable Urbanism is an international education non-profit established in 2012 to offer pre-college and continuing education professional programs on sustainable architecture and urban design in sites throughout Italy.

CFSU will begin the vetting process for a 2020 summer program scholarship in March. Organizations interested in sponsoring the applications of talented emerging designers are asked to contact the Center no later than January 30, 2020, for updates.

More information is available from Karn, who can be reached by email to director@ciaocfsu.org or phone,  978-760-1183. Learn more online at http://www.ciaocfsu.org.