North Farmington senior dominates in state IT competition

North Farmington HIgh senior Grace Zalubas took home more than a dozen awards from the the 91st Annual Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) State Competition.

Grace Zalubas
Grace Zalubas (Farmington Public Schools)

A number of Farmington Public Schools’ (FPS) Engineering and Architecture students competed in the event, which was held May 8 – 11 at Shanty Creek in Bellaire.

Zalubas won the top architecture award with her NEF High-Speed Study Zone design. She also brought home a Divisional Award for the Best Project at the junior/senior level, for her exterior rendering of a fire station.

Here’s a recap of all FPS student awards:

North Farmington High School

Grace Zalubas – GRAND AWARD – Commercial Working Plans, Divisional Awards – Exterior Rendering, 1st Place – Architecture Presentation Rendering, 1st Place – Architecture Walk-Thru Animation, 1st Place – Interior Photo Realistic Rendering, 2nd Place – Architectural Model, and 6th Place – 3D Printed Plastics Model House, Gold Key – Art Portfolio – Scholastic Art Awards in the Architecture and Industrial Design Category, Gold Key – Architectural Watercolor – Scholastic Art Awards in the Architecture and Industrial Design Category, Best in Category – Architecture and Industrial Design – Scholastic Art Awards, 1st Place – 6 State Regional – moves onto the National NEF Design Drafting Awards – National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation (NAWIC), 1st Place and $150 – Local Region NEF – NAWIC competition, Michigan 2019 Breaking Traditions Award and Outstanding Technical Achievement Award Kevin Bass – 1st Place – Self-Reeling Fishing Rod

Jon Vaysman – 2nd Place – Intruder Alarm

Lamia Tank – 3rd Place – Hand Architecture Drawing, 5th Place – 3D Printed Plastics Model House, 9th Place – Architectural Model and Honorable Mention – Residential Working Plans

Matei Gheorghiu – 7th Place – Exterior Rendering and 8th Place – Architectural Model

Farmington High School

Madelyn Newton – 1st Place – Interior Design Board

Nick Michaels – 1st Place – CNC Mill 2D-Signs and 2nd Place – Mechanical Drawing Photo Rendering of Assembly – Hackbot and 3rd Place – CNC Mill 3D-Blocks Harrison High School

Nazeer Abuchaar – 1st Place – Technical Writing – Urban Development and Sustainability

Emily Steslicki – 2nd Place – Instructional Aid – The Cardboard Boat Regatta and 3rd Place – Technical Writing – Urban Development & Sustainability Samantha Fleeter – 4th Place – Technical Writing – The Mousetrap Car

Kaleb Jackson – 4th Place – Technical Writing – Designing a Go Kart

Jeremiah Loewen – 4th Place – Wood Frame House (3/4″=1′ scale)

Ryan Starrs – 4th Place – Wood Frame House (3/4″=1′ scale)

“MITES gives our engineering, architecture, and auto students an opportunity to compete against their peers in the state in many real-world categories and competitions,” Amy Porter, Architecture and Engineering Teacher at North Farmington and Farmington High Schools, said in a press release. “I am proud of North Farmington and Grace Zalubas for taking home the two top honors in the Architecture category.”

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