Students earn awards through TECH Center 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

LISD TECH Center students recently won awards in a variety of competitions.

HOSA—At the HOSA (Heath Occupations Students of America) state conference in Traverse City April 23-25, Levi Hoffman earned a gold medal in medical spelling. Jessica Howell placed in the top eight in bio-technology competition.

MITES—Brock Klingensmith of Morenci placed third in the Region III MITES competition at Monroe High School April 24-25.

MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) competition covers a range of contests from basic electrical wiring to computer-based electronic interfaces.

Klingensmith’s award came in the competition that called for students to convert a go-cart to all electric and to add an electronic throttle and brake assembly, plus a circuit board for a wind turbine wind speed light bar.

FFA—Six Morenci students earned awards at the State FFA Agricultural Skills Contest at Michigan State University last month.

Zachary Rendel and Matthew Hoadley were joined by Tyler Sieler of Adrian to finish as the state runner-up in the ornamental horticulture contest.

Two teams earned silver awards for finishing among the top eight in the state.

Daniel Stutzman was a member of the crops team. Jenifer Williams, Briana Ely and Alex Craig were members of the greenhouse crop management team.

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