91 Michigan Students Earn 2019 Breaking Traditions Awards

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

LANSING – Ninety-one high school and college students statewide, who overcame obstacles and stereotypes to succeed in career and technical education (CTE) programs, today received 2019 Breaking Traditions Awards, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced.

“Building talent is a priority in Michigan, so it’s important that we recognize students who overcome perceived barriers and the programs that helped them,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said. “These 91 students achieved success in career and technical education programs that are nontraditional to their gender, and therefore are role models for peers who may be considering such a career path.

“Michigan benefits from Breaking Traditions Awards through an increasingly diverse workforce,” Alles said.

Awards criteria included:

  • Complete a CTE program nontraditional to their gender;
  • Enroll in a Michigan high school or career center program during the 2018-19;
  • Be nominated by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staffer employed by the student’s school or career center;
  • Have satisfactory academic standing, acceptable citizenship, and disciplinary history; and
  • Contribute to awareness of nontraditional careers through successful participation in one or more of the following activities:
    • Exemplary completion of a program considered nontraditional to 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; or
    • Make significant contributions to the student’s CTE program.

Applicants provided two letters of support and wrote a brief narrative explaining their career obstacles faced and key accomplishments.

MDE’s Office of CTE 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 – a key strategy to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.

“The Breaking Traditions Awards extend beyond individual students. These awards also represent the quality of the school culture,” Brian Pyles, Director of CTE at the Michigan Department of Education, said. “Clearly, these schools embrace an inclusive student focused instructional environment supported by staff, students and community.”

Awardees are invited to MDE’s annual Breaking Traditions Awards ceremony from 1:30-3:30 p.m. today at the Michigan Historical Library Forum. In alphabetical order, by county, for each category, they are:

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2019 Excellence Award:

Post-secondary Level

Kent County

Brooke Oliver

Ferris State University

HVACR Technology Program

 

Secondary Level

Calhoun County

Meredith Coon

Calhoun Area Career Center, Harper Creek High School

Aviation Exploration Program

 

Midland County

Samantha Hand

Bay-Arenac Career Center, Sanford Meridian Early College High School

Engineering Drafting Program

 

Ingham County

Chloe Miner

Wilson Talent Center

Aviation Academy Program 

 

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2019 Merit Award:

Post-secondary Level

Mecosta County

Silvia Bouck

Ferris State University

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

 

Jackson County

Turner Burnett

Ferris State University

Dental Hygiene Program

 

Secondary Level

Calhoun County

Hayley Adkins

Calhoun Area Career Center, Pennfield High School

Construction Technology

 

Eaton County

Sarah Bancroft 

Eaton RESA, Grand Ledge High School

Game Design and Programming

 

Wayne County

Rachael Blackburn

William D. Ford Career-Technical Center, Belleville High School

Game Design and Programming

 

Allegan County

Jacqualine Conroy

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center, Allegan High School

Building Trades

 

Jackson County

Natalie Coppernoll

Jackson Area Career Center, Grass Lake High School

Construction Trades

 

Wexford County

Erin Dusa

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Cadillac Senior High School

Digital Media Production

 

Montcalm County

Taylor Henry

Montcalm Area Career Center, Central Montcalm High School

Construction Trades

 

Genesee County

Sophia Jones

Grand Blanc High School

Woodworking

 

Ottawa County

Zoe Knoper

Careerline Tech Center, Jenison International Academy

Software Engineering

 

Benzie County

Clara Kroll

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career and Technical Education Center, Glen Lake High School

Front Street Writers

 

Ottawa County

Isabell Lazcano

Kent Career Technical Center, Lee High School

Law/Public Safety/Corrections and Security

 

Clinton County

Cassidy McGeorge

Grand Ledge High School

Drafting and Design Technology/Architectural

 

Macomb County

Ashley Quinn

Romeo Engineering and Technology Center

Drafting and Design Technology/Architectural

 

Missaukee County

MIckayla Riedel

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, McBain Rural Agricultural School

Heavy Equipment Mechanics

 

Wayne County

DeAsia Rodwell

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

Construction Technology

 

Wexford County

Karsyn Rogers

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Cadillac Senior High School

Engineering Technology

 

Allegan County

Samantha Sakon

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center, Hopkins High School

Heavy Equipment

 

Charlevoix County

Erin Smith

Boyne City High School

Energy Fundamentals: Lineworker Emphasis

 

Washtenaw County

Sabrina Stock

Saline High School

Welding, Brazing & Soldering

 

Kent County

Sara Tatreau

Kent Career Technical Center

Aviation Electronics

 

Alpena County

Carey Udell

Alpena High School

Agriscience & Natural Resources

 

Muskegon County

Emily Unger

Montague High School

Montague FFA

 

Lenawee County

Analysia Villalovos

LISD Tech Center

Computer Programming

 

Oakland County

Synthia Yang

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest, Brandon High School

Mechatronics 

 

Michigan Breaking Traditions 2019 Certificate of Recognition:

Post-secondary Level

Mason County

Danielle Gerbers

West Shore Community College

Criminal Justice/Police Science

 

St. Joseph County

Kyra Stewart

Glen Oaks Community College

Automobile Technician

 

Secondary Level

Clare County

Megan Allen

Clare-Gladwin Career Tech Center, Clare High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Van Buren County

Janell Babcock

Van Buren Technology Center, Hartford High School

Welding Program

 

Macomb County

Lauren Bayless

Frederick V. Pankow Center

TV & Broadcast Media/Broadcast Journalism Program

 

Oakland County

Michaela Bell

Oakland Technical Campus Southwest

Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Repair Program

 

Manistee County

Amber Brave Bull

Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, Bear Lake Schools

Power Sports and Equipment Program

 

Cass County

Shaelyn Bundy

Van Buren Technology Center, Dowagiac Union High School

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

 

Iosco County

Jennifer Colvin

Bay-Arenac Career Center, Whittemore Prescott Jr/Sr High School

Agriculture & Natural Resources II Program

 

Mason County

Rachel Cooper

West Shore ESD CTE, Ludington High School

Criminal Justice Program

 

Ottawa County

Sarah Dipiazza

Careerline Tech Center, Allendale High School

Engineering Design/Machine Technology Program

 

Wayne County

Chloe Doherty

Downriver Career Technical Consortium, Southgate Anderson High School

Mechatronics Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Leona Eckert

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career and Technical Education Center

Public Safety/Protective Services Program

 

Wayne County

Dejah Elder

Randolph Career and Technical Center

Welding Program

 

Hillsdale County

Grace Emens

Hillsdale Area Career Center, Hillsdale Area Career Center

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Program

 

Macomb County

Janae Fields

Fitzgerald High School

Radio & Television Production Program

 

Eaton County

Sage Gardner

Eaton RESA, Charlotte High School

Criminal Justice Program

 

Wayne County

Amani Ghadieh

Michael Berry Career Center, Fordson High School

Hospitality Studies Program

 

Ottawa County

Donna Gonzalez-Larios

Careerline Tech Center, West Ottawa North High School

Auto Body Repair Program

 

Newaygo County

Abi Graham

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Fremont High School

Welding Program

 

Clare County

K-Lee Gushen

Clare Gladwin Career Center, Clare High School

Construction Trades Program

 

Tuscola County

Victoria Hall

Tuscola Technology Center, Millington High School

Welding & Fabrication Program

 

Oakland County

Aracely Hernandez-Ramos

Oakland Schools Technical Campus International Technology Academy

Automotive Services Technology Program

 

Ottawa County

Macy Hodges

Careerline Tech Center, Grand Haven High School

Auto Technology Program

 

St. Clair County

Sylvie Hurtubise

St. Clair Technical Education Center, Marysville High School

Construction Trades Program

 

Mason County

Kelsey Kosiboski

West Shore Community College, Mason County Central High School

Agriscience Program

 

Macomb County

Jennifer Linnenbrink

Warren Woods Tower High School

Hospitality & Tourism Program

 

Newaygo County

Ava Luchies

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Fremont High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Oakland County

Ashley Lundy

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast, Oxford High School

Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Program

 

Lapeer County

Bailey MacDonough

Lapeer Education and Technology

Public Safety Careers Program

 

Macomb County

Laura McBride

Center Line High School

Law Enforcement Program

 

Grand Traverse County

Jayde McCaffrey

Traverse Bay Area ISD Career and Technical Education Center

Culinary Arts Program

 

Newaygo County

Destiney McGee

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Grant High School

Automotive Technology Maintenance and Light Repair Program

 

Lenawee County

Emily Molaro

LISD Tech Center

Mechanical Drafting Program

 

Saginaw County

Lauren Ostrowski

Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center

Cybersecurity Program

 

Newaygo County

Kayla Pasch

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, White Cloud High School

Construction Trades Program

 

Oakland County

India Pinkel

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast, Lake Orion High School

Mechatronics Program

 

Mason County

Haley Rasmussen

West Shore ESD

Criminal Justice Program

 

Wayne County

Lizbeth Rodriguez

Golightly Career & Technical Center

Public Safety/Protective Services Program

 

Kalamazoo County

Taylor Sexton

Van Buren Technology Center, Mattawan Consolidated School

Advanced Manufacturing Program

 

Bay County

Christianna Sheldon

Bay-Arenac Career Center, Bay City Central High School

Information & Networking Technologies Program

 

Hillsdale County

Phoebe Shroats

Hillsdale Area Career Center

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Program

 

Ottawa County

Mackenzie Siersma

Careerline Tech Center, Zeeland West High School

Public Safety and Security Services Program

 

Livingston County

Summer Simet

Livingston Career & Technical Education

Pilot Ground School Program

 

Oakland County

Brianna Staton-Dauphin

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest, Milford High school

Machining Program

 

Macomb County

Antonette Stinson

Lincoln High School

Culinary Arts Program

 

Oakland County

Aabibsa Thapa

Athens High school

Engineering Design and Applications Program

 

Bay County

Taylor Thomas

Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center

Building Trades Program

 

Cheboygan County

Kassidy Tohm

Cheboygan Area High School

Welding Technology Program

 

Berrien County

Tyra Townsend

Coloma High School

Welding, Machine Tool, and Automotive Program

 

Cheboygan County

Sara Verville

Cheboygan Area High School

Woodworking Program

 

Eaton County

Natalie Wallas

Eaton RESA, Grand Ledge High School

Heavy Equipment Diesel Repair Program

 

Ottawa County

Allison Walters

Careerline Tech Center

Pastry Arts and Baking Program

 

Alger County

Morgan Webber

Marquette-Alger RESA, Munising High School

Welding Program

 

Eaton County

Trinity Weeks

Calhoun Area Career Center, Olivet High School

Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Program

 

Livingston County

Sarah Wenz

Genesee Career Institute, Fenton High School

Automotive Technology Program

 

Van Buren County

Jessica Whiting

Van Buren Technology Center, Lawton High School

Culinary Arts and Catering Program

 

Eaton County

Olivia Wilson

Eaton RESA, Grand Ledge High School

Welding Program

 

Hillsdale County

Kerstin Wilton

Branch Area Careers Center

Collision Repair & Coatings Technologies Program

 

Wayne County

Carcia Young

Eastpointe High School

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program

 

Oakland County

Grace Zalubas

North Farmington High School

Drafting and Design Technology/Architectural Program