After also conferring with IHFC exhibitors whose products will be used in the new center, they spent two months preparing distinctive design solutions and specifying resources for every aspect of design execution.
The three-judge panel of professional interior designers rendered its decision after each of the nine two-member teams described its design during brief presentations near the close of the High Point Market.
The students' art boards were displayed in the Designer Resource Center all week, accompanied by notebooks brimming with detailed product specifications. The 18 students in the competition were juniors at High Point.
"This has been a great learning opportunity for our students," said design professor Steven Huff, who practiced interior design for 15 years before joining the High Point faculty eight years ago. "It is a keystone in their design education. And, of course, it was a chance for students to network with professionals from all over the world."
As a child growing up in Williamsport, Hamby said her mother recalled she watched "This Old House" on television rather than cartoons like most children.
Even when her friends came over to play, Hamby wanted them to help her redesign her room instead of playing with dolls.
"It is what I have always wanted to do," she said.
In middle school, Hamby learned to sew, first making pillows and bags. She later improved her skills and was able to make blankets and window treatments.
The daughter of Ralph and Amy Hamby of Williamsport, she said she has enjoyed her time at home this summer, but is looking forward to getting back on campus.
"After I graduate, I hope to stay around the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) area to live and work," Corey said.