Bosco Tech Students Sweep Top Spots in Industry Design Competition

Published : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 12:07 PM

Bosco Tech's ACE Instructor Nira Chandrasekar with winning students

L-R: Bosco Tech students Kyle Chiang and Reiley Akkari

Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) students took first, second and third place in five categories at the 2016 Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California’s Architectural Design and Model Building Contest on May 11.

The students who are studying either Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) or Integrated Design, Engineering & Architecture (IDEA) at the Tech competed against students from several local high schools. Bosco Tech students swept the following competition categories: Residential Technical, Residential Creative, Commercial Technical, Commercial Creative, and Structural Division for Bridges.

“We’re extremely proud of our hard working students and the results they are achieving,” said Bosco Tech President Xavier Jimenez. “Our engineering and architectural technology programs stress real-world application and feasibility in the design process. We firmly believe this is partly why students go on to experience success in their university studies and their professions.”

Celebrating its sixtieth year, Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with a technology-focused education. With a 100 percent college acceptance rate each year, more than 60 percent of Bosco Tech graduates pursue STEM-related majors in their university studies. The innovative curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of several applied science and engineering fields. Visit or call (626) 940-2000 for more information.

According to, Bosco Tech ranks in the top three of all-boys schools in the Los Angeles metro area and among the top 100 all-boys high schools in America. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as, Niche provides reviews from everyday experts on neighborhoods, colleges, and K-12 schools to provide students, families and professionals with insight into important life decisions.

The Building Industry Association of Southern California is a nonprofit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies involved in planning and building Southern California’s communities.

Bosco Tech’s 2016 BIA Model & Design Competition Winners

Schools from across the San Gabriel Valley participated in this annual competition. Bosco Tech students dominated the event and took home the following awards:

In the Residential Technical Division, 1st,2nd, and 3rd place were won by students from IDEA:

• 1st David Casillas (IDEA)
• 2nd Aaron Sarmiento (IDEA)
• 3rd Fabrizio Castaneda (IDEA)

IDEA students also swept the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the Residential Creative category:

• 1st David Casillas (IDEA)
• 2nd Fabrizio Castaneda (IDEA)
• 3rd Aaron Sarmiento (IDEA)

In the Commercial Technical Division, ACE swept the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards.

• 1st Kyle Chiang (ACE)
• 2nd Miguel Sahagun (ACE)
• 3rd Reiley Akkari (ACE)

The Commercial Creative Division was shared between the two departments with 1st place going to an IDEA student and 2nd and 3rd place went to ACE students:

• 1st David Moreno (IDEA)
• 2nd Silas Flores (ACE)
• 3rd Zachary Solorza (ACE)

In the Structural Division for Bridges, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd where again swept by students from ACE.

• 1st Luis Cruz (ACE)
• 2nd Joseph Hernandez (ACE)
• 3rd Adrian Cisneros (ACE)

Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Boulevard, Rosemead, CA 91770-4251, (626) 940-2000 or visit


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