63 Michigan Students Earn 2018 Breaking Traditions Awards

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

April 19, 2018

LANSING – Overcoming obstacles and stereotypes to achieve success in career and technical education (CTE) programs, 63 students statewide are winners of the 2018 Breaking Traditions Awards, State Superintendent Brian Whiston announced today.

“These annual Breaking Traditions Awards recognize high school and college students who have demonstrated success in CTE programs that are nontraditional to their gender,” Whiston said. “As we continue to focus on building greater talent here in Michigan, it is important to overcome perceived barriers and recognize the efforts of these students and the programs that helped them.”

The MDE’s Office of Career and Technical Education oversees high school instructional programs that teach students skills in a specific career cluster. Most programs offer early college credit opportunities to provide a seamless transition to postsecondary education, which is a key strategy to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.

“These outstanding students are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually and benefit Michigan by increasing diversity in our state’s workforce.” Whiston said. “We again raise up the accomplishments of students who stand as role models for peers who may be considering such a career path.”

To qualify, student had to meet these criteria:

  • Complete a CTE program that is nontraditional for his/her gender
  • Enroll in a Michigan high school or career center program during the 2017-2018 school year
  • Be nominated by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staffer employed by the student’s school or career center
  • Have satisfactory academic standing and acceptable citizenship and disciplinary history 
  • Have contributed to awareness of nontraditional careers through successful participation in one or more of the following activities:
    • Exemplary completion of a program considered nontraditional for the student’s gender
    • Successful competition in a program-related event or contest
    • Participation in a CTE student organization
    • Actively recruit other students into programs nontraditional for their gender
    • Mentor other students in CTE programs nontraditional for their gender
    • Make significant contributions to the student’s CTE program

Applicants had to provide two letters of support and write a brief narrative explaining their career obstacles faced, plus key accomplishments.

“The Michigan Department of Education is investing in Michigan's future by helping ensure that our children are career and college ready and have the skills the jobs of today and jobs of tomorrow demand,” said Superintendent Whiston. “Career and Technical Education is education that works for Michigan.”

The list of awardees, in alphabetical order, by county, for each category, follows:

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2018 Excellence Award:

Post-secondary Level

Mecosta County

Marjorie Banda

Ferris State University

HVACR Technology Program

 

Secondary Level

Wayne County

Hannah George

William D. Ford Career-Technical Center, John Glenn High School

Construction Technology Program

 

Eaton County

Emily Newborn

Eaton RESA, Eaton Rapids High School

Animal Science and Zoo Management

 

Benzie County

Lauren Nordbeck

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Benzie High School

Public Safety/Protective Services Program

 

 

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2018 Merit Award

Post-secondary Level

Allegan County

Mary Lawson

Ferris State University

Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Program

 

Secondary Level

Saginaw County

Marissa Baker

Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, Frankenmuth High School

Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

 

Osceola County

Alexandra Bannon

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Pine River High School

Computer, Networking and Electronics Program

 

Kent County

Talitha Barber

Kent Career Tech Center

Aviation Electronics Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Carly Boerema

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Buckley Community Schools

Drafting and Design Online Program

 

Gratiot County

Anastacia Bush

Clinton County RESA, Ovid-Elsie High School

Emergency Services/Fire Science Program

 

Montcalm County

Brianna Conway

Kent Career Tech Center, Tri County High School

Mechatronics Program

 

Calhoun County

Hannah Cummings

Calhoun Area Career Center, Tekonsha High School

Agriscience Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Elizabeth Dubow

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Traverse City Central High

Film and New Media Program

 

Calhoun County

Megan Elwell

Calhoun Area Career Center, Pennfield High School

Power Equipment Technology Program

 

Oceana County

Alexis Gale

West Shore ESD, Hart High School

Agriscience Education Program

 

Allegan

Samantha Gould

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center

Computer Information Systems Program

 

Missaukee County

Kennah Gray

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Lake City High School

Computers Networking Electronics Technology Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Natalie Hornacek

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Kingsley High School

Skilled Trades Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Konner Johnson

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Grand Traverse Academy

Culinary Arts Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Kallista Laven

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center, Grand Traverse Academy

Agriscience and Natural Resources Program

 

Lenawee County

Julie Morgan

Lenawee ISD Tech Center, Adrian High School

Building Trades Program

 

Eaton County

Emily Newborn

Eaton RESA, Eaton Rapids High School

Animal Science and Zoo Management Program

 

Lapeer County

Kaytlin Newton

Lapeer County Education and Technology Center, North Branch High School

Agriscience Program

 

Kent County

Brook Oliver

Kent Career Tech Center, Sparta High School

Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Program

 

Eaton County

Rachel Robinson

Eaton RESA, Potterville High School

Auto Technology Program

 

Newaygo County

Michelle Settlemyre

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Grant High School

Agriscience Program

 

Eaton County

Katianna Shaft

Eaton RESA, Charlotte High School

Law Enforcement Program

 

Eaton County

Taylor Sharp

Eaton RESA, Grand Ledge High School

Welding and Machining Technology Program

 

Ionia County

Grace Stephens

Eaton RESA, Grand Ledge High School

Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation Program

 

Tuscola County

Riley Tanis

Lapeer County Education and Technology Center

Health Science Professions I & II Program

 

Lenawee County

Julie Tokarz

LISD Tech Center, Adrian Public Schools

Residential Construction Program

 

Newaygo County

Mackenzie Trimm

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, White Cloud High School

Mechatronics Program

 

 

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2018 Certificate of Recognition

 

Roscommon County

Patience-Jean Anderson

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Houghton Lake High School

Automotive Technology Program

 

Ottawa County

Morgan Avink

Careerline Tech Center, Allendale High School

Building Technology/Construction Management 2 Program

 

Wayne County

Paradise Bennett

Golightly Career and Technical Center, Davis Aerospace Technical High School

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology Program

 

Isabella County

Kaylee Bigford

Gratiot-Isabella Technical Educational Center

Electronics Program

 

Genesee County

Katie Carver

Genesee Career Institute, Flushing High School

Information Technology Program

 

Ottawa County

Dylan Clark

Careerline Tech Center, Jenison High School

Cosmetology Program

 

Wayne County

Nayah Daniel

Cass Technical High School

Mechanical Drafting Program

 

Oakland County

Audrey Davis

Oakland Schools Technical Campus SW, Lakeland High School

Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Program

 

Oakland County

Eleanor Eisele

Oakland Schools Technical Campus NE, Rochester High School

Construction Trades Program

 

Allegan County

Kristina Ellens

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center

Automotive Technology Program

 

Kent County

Lissette Gasca

Kent Career Tech Center, Grandville High School

Information Technology Program

 

Ingham County

Olivia Grice

Wilson Talent Center

Law Enforcement Program

 

Lapeer County

Angela Gross

Lapeer County Education and Technology Center, Lapeer High School

Construction Trades Program

 

Newaygo County

Da’Sheona Holland

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, White Cloud High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Newaygo County

Gem Johnson

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Fremont High School

Automotive Technology Maintenance and Light Repair Program

 

Ottawa County

Mikaleigh Kleyn

Careerline Tech Center, Coopersville High School

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program

 

Ottawa County

Zoe Knoper

Careerline Tech Center, Jenison International Academy

Web and Game Development Program

 

Delta County

Cassandra Krenek

Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba High School

Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Program

 

Ottawa County

Zamani Lopez

Careerline Tech Center, West Ottawa North High School

Mechatronics Program

 

Ingham County

Kathryn Mueller

Wilson Talent Center

Construction Technology Program

 

Bay County

Samantha Rochow

Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, Bay City Western High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Wayne County

Morgan Schalk

Wilson D. Ford Career-Technical Center, Redford Union Adolescent Day Treatment Stuckey Center

Game Design and Programming Program

 

Lapeer County

Shelby Schlopert

Lapeer County Education and Technology Center

Welding and Machining Technology Program

 

Muskegon County

Hanna Scofield

Ravenna High School

Agriscience Education Program

 

Saginaw County

Josie Sebald

Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, Frankenmuth High School

Emerging Technology-Programming Program

 

Clare County

Kaylee Shook

Clare-Gladwin Career Tech Center, Farwell High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Lapeer County

Alixandra Swett

Lapeer County Education and Technology Center, Lapeer High School

Public Safety Careers Program

 

Ottawa County

Jolyn Trimmer

Careerline Tech Center

Agriculture/Animal Science Program

 

Ogemaw County

Baylee Tinker

COOR ISD, Ogemaw Heights High School

Public Safety Program

 

Wayne County

Misty Tomlin
William D. Ford Career-Technical Center, Wayne Memorial High School
Electronics & Robotics Technology Program

 

Eaton County

Alexis Vedder

Wilson Talent Center, Grand Ledge High School

Aviation Academy Program

 

Lenawee County

Analysia Villalovos

LISD Tech Center, Madison High School

Computer Programming Program

 

Hillsdale County

Anabella Williams

Hillsdale Area Career Center

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Program