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HPU Names 2020 Haverty Cup Recipient

High Point University graduating senior Maelee Arnold has been honored as the 2020 recipient of the Haverty Cup.

Arnold, who is from Asheboro, N.C., received $3,000, her name engraved on the base of the Haverty Cup, which is on permanent display in the library of Norton Hall on the HPU campus, and a personal replica of the Haverty Cup.  

Arnold has proven herself to be an outstanding person both on and off HPU’s campus. As a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, she has been active in helping with food insecurity in the High Point area. She has been a member of HPU’s Society of Leadership and Success, is a member of “Women in Motion of High Point” and has assisted the High Point Showroom Association since 2018. 

She was voted by the HPU faculty to receive the Rising Star Illuminary Award for 2019. This award is provided annually by the Carolina’s Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).

Arnold has utilized a variety of opportunities to expand her knowledge outside the classroom. She has taken advantage of eight different internship opportunities focused on her chosen area of design, primarily showroom design. She has networked with designers from all around the world during the High Point Furniture Market. She is an active member of the High Point Showroom Association and completed an internship with Valdese Weavers, where she designed a textile for the company.

Her accomplishments have proven that she is ready to pursue a meaningful career in the home furnishings industry by working as a showroom designer after graduation. Her long-term goals include working toward a master’s degree in interior design.

The Haverty Cup was established in 1988 by the late Rawson Haverty to honor annually an outstanding graduating senior in one of the home furnishings-related programs at HPU. This tribute was created to encourage students to pursue a career in the home furnishings industry. 

Traditionally, Steve Burdette, Havertys’ executive vice president of operations, and Scott Miles, vice president of stores and western regional manager, attend a ceremony to present the Haverty Cup to the student; however, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that. Havertys is pleased to honor Arnold and is happy to continue its support of High Point University's home furnishings-related programs.

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