Hillman students do well at MITES competition

HILLMAN – Hillman High School woodworking students competed against 6,663 student projects in the regional competition on May 3, and state competition May 8-11, for the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society annual competition. Twenty-one Hillman projects qualified at regionals for the state competition, with nine of the 21 projects placing at the state level competition at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

“They did very well in the categories they competed in,” woodshop teacher Joshua Brege said. “There are different categories for grade level, project size and design. We’ve come a long way from last year.”

Judges for the projects are professionals within the community who rate each project on craftsmanship and difficulty. The state competition is run the same way, judges take a closer look at each project and every detail.

“The state competition is more of a convention,” Brege said. “There are vendors there from all sorts of career paths and colleges looking to recruit students.”

The projects entered have to be from that school year, and students can begin working on new projects after the regional competition for the next year.

“As our program continues to grow and we are able to update and add additional equipment, I hope to see our students’ skills reflected in their projects,” Brege said. “I hope to expand entries into more categories. This year we just had woodworking projects, next year we hope to enter some welding projects, too, now that our welding facility is coming together.”

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.