Overall, the South and West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC) CAD class entered 25 different categories, including photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, blueprints, hand drawings and model houses, at the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition last month.
With 91 total projects entered in the state event, the students earned 12 individual state championships, 12 runner-ups and 12 third-place finishes.
“I am very proud of my entire class and how they contributed to this year’s success,” said Steve Vasiloff, the teacher for the SWWC CAD program.
Further, Tobias Schmidt and Alex Hartman both won a Divisional Grand Award, which meant their projects were deemed the best in the entire division, regardless of category. Schmidt won the Mechanical Drafting division, while Hartman won the Animation division. Notching the two awards this year, it was the first time a Saline student has won a Divisional Grand Award.
Overall, Hartman turned in five projects, winning three state titles, one runner up and one third place.
For the last 89 years, MITES has been hosting the project-based competition. It was the fourth year the SWWC program entered the competition, boasting their best performance in 2017. The 91 projects entered into the competition all made it through regional competition to qualify for the state event.
“This year’s CAD class had the strongest showing yet,” Vasiloff added.
The MITES student project competition was held May 10-13 at the Saginaw Valley State University Ryder Center. SWWC serves the Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan and Saline school districts with career and technical education programming.