Home Builders Association names scholarship winners

Staff Report

BOONVILLE — A Starmount High School graduate is one of two area young men to receive a $500 grant from the Joe Faw Scholarship Fund. The Wilkes-Yadkin Home Builders Association presents the award annually.

Senior Dillion Casstevens is the son of Jason and Kelly Casstevens of Jonesville.

Committee Chair Ann Tuttle announced the selection.

“Dillion wants to concentrate in the areas of architectural and building construction technology,” said Tuttle.

The Home Builders group also selected Justin Shepherd of North Wilkes High School. Justin is the son of Rodney and Melissa Shepherd of North Wilkesboro. Rodney Shepherd is a local general contractor.

Tuttle said, “Justin intends to complete the two-year construction program at Wilkes Community College (WCC), then transfer that toward a degree in construction management at Appalachian State University (ASU). Justin has worked and learned a lot by working with his dad.”

“It’s customary,” said HBA President Eric Huffman, “to offer the Joe Faw Scholarship grants after conducting interviews and hearing recommendations, and taking other information into account, including financial need, attitude, and career intentions.

Joe Faw was a 1968 charter HBA member keenly interested in promoting the building industry through education. It also supports the very active SkillsUSA program at WCC. The association’s website is wilkesyadkinhba.com.

The Home Builders Association continues its close ties with Operation Finally Home. It currently is working to complete a home that will be mortgage-free and ADA- compliant (Americans with Disability Act) for a local Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan.

Staff Report