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Posted: 05/21/14

MITES 2013-14

Seen above are Romeo Engineering and Technology Center students that entered the architectural design and mechanical design and engineering categories of the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) competitions held April 25 and 26 and April 30 to May 3. Students competed in both the regional and state competition by submitting projects in metal work, machining, electronics or taking part in timed competitions.

(Photo courtesy of Evva Dossin)

RETC students claim
wins at 2013-14 MITES

Observer Staff Writer
      Romeo Engineering and Technology Center students brought home multiple wins from the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) competition.
       MITES provides students a chance to compete in career and technical education subjects by submitting projects to be judged, including metal work, wood work, graphic design, engineering and others.
       The regional competition was held at Dakota High School April 25-26, while the state competition took place at Saginaw Valley State University April 30 to May 3. Students can enter more than one project into the competition.
       Romeo's architectural design, mechanical design and engineering or alternative energy students brought home seven first-place wins from the state competition. In addition, a trike built by students Nikolas Santi and Tyler Sinicki won the Most Creative Design Award from the American Society of Body Engineers.
       Evva Dossin, drafting and alternative energy instructor, said she was happy with how well her students did, especially since an earlier date for MITES and 10 snow days caused a time crunch.
       "The kids were coming in every day after school," she said. "I'm really proud of how hard they worked at the end, and we're really pleased with the results."
       Dossin also noted that Kami Ziolkowski, an eighth-grade student, participated in MITES and won first place and a Divisional Award for her project.
       "The judges couldn't believe an eighth-grader drew it," Dossin said with a laugh.
       In machining, a total of seven projects won first place at the state level along with a Level A award won by Nathan DeBons. Guy Hart, machining instructor, said his students picked out projects and worked on them throughout the school year.
       "We sent 33 to the state level, and only two ended up not placing in the top 10," Hart said. "The guys put in a lot of extra hours to get everything done on time."
       One of Hart's former students, Jordan Ollilia, a 2012 Romeo graduate, was recognized by the MITES board for his volunteerism at the state competition. He received an honorary one-year membership and will contribute an article to the MITES journal.
       "He worked his butt off for three to four days," Hart said. "He was so excited that those guys thought so highly of him."
       Grand Awards are the top award given to a project. Though none were earned at the state level, students DeBons, Bradley Worman, Santi and Sinicki earned the top award at the regional level for machining, electronics and alternative energy, respectively.
       This was the second year for Romeo to enter the automotive technology portion of the MITES competition, held at Washtenaw Community College on May 9.
       Craig MacDonald, automotive instructor, said the competition has students moving from one station to another and either taking written tests or working out diagnostic scenarios.
       "A lot of identification is involved, but there isn't a lot of disassembly and reassembly," he said. "Some sections do repairs and hands-on work, but it's pretty limited."
       The categories range from general automotive knowledge and steering suspension to electronics and automotive math. MacDonald's students all placed in the top 10 for their categories, including a third place win for Josh Hughes in automotive math.
       "Overall I think we did fairly well, I was proud of them," MacDonald said. "All four got at least one placement in the competition."
       In the construction category, students built a shed under a time limit that was later donated to Habitat for Humanity. Romeo won third place, with all three students offered full-ride apprenticeships and job offers.
       In electronics, Worman was the lone Romeo entrant, but won a grand award at the regional competition and first place at state.
Romeo's MITE-y students

       The following students participated in the architectural design, mechanical design and engineering or alternative energy categories:
       Jacob Bloom, Connor Brown, Nick Carr, Mario Chiesa, Kyle Delie, Alyssa Dempsey, Jeffrey Draper, Martin Gallagher, Claire Germann, Jacob Hessel, Kevin Jacobs, Ann Kaniuk, Lukas Kenimer, Jacob Kwiatkowski, James Licavoli, Dominic Lucchi, Sidney McClay, Alex Morgan, Nicholas Neumeyer, Brennan Ralston, Spencer Reno, Kyle Ristow, Jason Sammut, Santi, Shawn Sattler, Jacob Staller, Sinicki, Worman, Tyler Zibkowski and Ziolkowski.
       For machine tool technology, the following students entered projects:
       Adam Antoun, Griffin Chalker, Jacob Couch, DeBons, Noah Ganfield, Michael Hartmann, Lucas Itchue, Duane Kimmel, Anthony Maio, Cody Martin, Aaron Mattson, Michael Mok, Sam Pack, Andre Pantalena, Devone Reese, Sattler, Joseph Seefried, Brett Sparks, Tyler Sortzi, Adam Trzeciakiewicz, Kyle Vandeberghe, Joey Vanderhagen, Brandon Wright, Bruce Wright and Andrew Willette.
       In automotive technology, four students from Romeo participated, including: Kyle Dahms, Hughes, Tyler King and Nick Rebar.
       The three students that participapted in construction technology were Mike Grifka, Hunter Jenuwine and Tristan Finn.

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