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Teens earn $51k in scholarships at machine/engineering contest

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center students who advanced to the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) State Competition May 9 to 12, 2018 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan earned $51,000 in scholarships for their projects. The competition compared over 4,000 student entries in various Industrial Technology categories from high schools and tech centers throughout Michigan. A total of 45 entries from students in the Auto Collision/Refinishing, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), or Machining/Engineering Technology programs qualified for state after placing in the top four at regional competition. First through tenth place and Honorable Mention were awarded in each classification.

Auto Collision/Refinishing students competed in either the Plastics, Open Auto Body General, or Wrought Metal categories. Projects were judged by students’ portfolios documenting the progress of their entry, workmanship, overall appearance, and how the project related to auto body. Jeremiah Moore’s entry will be featured in an upcoming competition journal. The following students competed:

  • Logan Palma (Ravenna), first place, Plastics
  • Jeremiah Moore (Orchard View), first place and $16,500 in scholarships, Plastics
  • Dagan Medendorp (Mona Shores), second place, Plastics
  • De’Ondre Gardner (Mona Shores), third place, Plastics
  • Melanee Cook (Holton), eighth place, Plastics
  • Taylor Ellison (Ravenna), second place and $6,500 in scholarships, Open Auto Body
  • Zach O’Connor (Montague), third place, Open Auto Body
  • Nathan Salazar (Mona Shores), fourth place, Open Auto Body
  • Ryan Thorstenson (Fruitport), fifth place, Open Auto Body
  • Eric Randol (Montague), seventh place, Open Auto Body
  • John Goven (Holton), third place, Wrought Metal

CAD students competed in a wide variety of categories. Colin Ringewold and Ashley Foster’s entries will be featured in an upcoming competition journal. The following students competed:

  • Colin Ringewold (Montague), first place, Promotional Product Imagery; second place, CAD Instructional Aid (to be featured in upcoming competition journal)
  • Ashley Foster (Mona Shores, MACTC Summer Fun student), first place, Architectural Model (to be featured in upcoming competition journal)
  • Jeremy Blume (Holton), second place, Promotional Product Imagery
  • Donald Johnson (Orchard View), third place, CAD Instructional Aid
  • Simon Johnson (Fruitport), third place, Architectural Presentation
  • Thomas Shawl (Orchard View), third place, Promotional Product Imagery
  • Landen Fielstra (Fruitport), eighth place, Promotional Product Imagery
  • Ben Morrison (Fruitport), honorable mention, 3D Prototype Model
  • Landon Tyler (Orchard View), honorable mention, Pictorial Assembly Drawing
  • Haley Wildfong (Fruitport), honorable mention, Pictorial Assembly Drawing

Machining/Engineering Technologies students earned $28,000 in scholarships. In these categories, first through third place winners are awarded $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000 scholarships respectively. The following students competed:

  • Ethan McKenzie (Whitehall), first place and $4,000 scholarship, 3-D Print (1 Piece)
  • Jacob Loudermilk (Whitehall), first place and $4,000 scholarship, Games
  • Roberto Taveres (Montague), third place and $2,000 scholarship, Games
  • Ethan McKenzie (Whitehall), second place and $3,000 scholarship, Sporting Goods
  • Everett Emery (Mona Shores), eighth place, Sporting Goods
  • Nicholas Preston (Ravenna), second place and $3,000 scholarship, Simple Machined Hand Tools and Parts
  • Richard Nelson (Reeths-Puffer), second place and $3,000 scholarship, Simple Machined Part (single) Hand Tool
  • Alexander Bucy (Orchard View), fourth place, Hand Tool Sets and Combinations
  • Wesley DeLora (Oakridge), third place and $2,000 scholarship, Machine Crafts
  • Liam Johnson (Whitehall), fifth place, Machine Crafts
  • Garrett Lulofs (Holton), seventh place, Machine Crafts
  • Richard Nelson (Reeths-Puffer), honorable mention, Machine Crafts
  • Tyler Neeves, (Whitehall), fifth place, Machine Models
  • Brandon Rusco (Oakridge), tenth place, Machine Models
  • Daniel Huber (Reeths-Puffer), tenth place, Simple Machined Hand Tools and Parts
  • Brennen Rowell (Whitehall), fifth place, Mating Moving Parts
  • Steven Falan (Ravenna), third place and $2,000 scholarship, Mating Moving Parts
  • Dylan Scalf (Fruitport), second place and $3,000 scholarship, Hand Tool Sets and Combinations
  • Andrew Morrow (Whitehall), third place and $2,000 scholarship, Hand Tool Sets and Combinations
  • Morgan Hoaglin (Fruitport), fifth place, Hand Tool Sets and Combinations
  • Kyle Morris (Western Michigan Christian), ninth place, Engines

The mission of MITES is to encourage and recognize fine craftsmanship in the field of Industrial Technology and Career and Technical Education.

For more information on the Auto Collision/Refinishing, CAD, or Machining/Engineering Technology programs, as well as the other 12 career-related programs for high school students at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center visit muskegoncareertech.com.

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