State gives Breaking Traditions Award to Roseville High School student

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 20, 2017

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School junior Miranda Rumfelt received the Michigan Department of Education’s 2017 Breaking Traditions Award in Lansing May 11 for her work with the school’s Auto Technology program.

The award recognizes student success in career and technical education programs nontraditional for their genders. Rumfelt was one of 32 students statewide to receive the award.

According to a press release from Roseville Community Schools June 8, this is one of her many awards.

“In May, Rumfelt’s 1:5 scale 2017 Trans Am concept car not only won first place in the automotive modeling B-class, but also captured the grand prize award against all statewide projects in the open category at the MITES (Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society) finals.

In addition, she won the 2017 ASBE (American Society of Body Engineers) Creativity Award, which is given to the most outstanding project throughout the entire show, including works in drawing, machine shops, woodworking and welding. Rumfelt also won this award as a freshman in 2015 for her clay model of a 1969 Javelin.  She is the first person in the history of the competition to earn the award twice. In 2016, Miranda’s 2020 Dodge Demon concept design earned a first-place trophy in the “open-individual” category at the state finals,” the release stated. 

Rumfelt explained why winning the Breaking Traditions award was “super cool.”

“The best part about it was, I thought it was going to be me and a couple kids, but it was me and about 15 other girls. It’s cool to see that we are all interested in the automotive industry,” said Rumfelt. 

She was able to get a taste of the automotive industry from her dad and uncle when she was younger.

Rumfelt said her father is a mechanic and she would “wrench on his cars.” She also had a love for drawing cars.

“I always loved art too, so I was always drawing something,” she said.

Rumfelt said that before going into high school, she went to the school’s auto shop and spoke with the auto shop teacher, Paul Tregembo.

“You might have 10,000 kids and not have another Miranda,” Tregembo stated.  

Rumfelt also said that being in the program has had its moments of being intimidating.

“It’s been hard at some points proving to people what I’m capable of. I was the only kid accepted into the program in eighth grade. I was the only girl and I was the youngest,” she said. 

Last summer, Rumfelt attended the College for Creative Studies for its pre-college transportation design courses.

“I learned a lot, not just technical and design. I also learned how the design environment is. Going to that class and being around kids that knew as much as I did was really cool,” she said. 

In July, she will be taking a college course at Lawrence Tech.

After graduation, Rumfelt is planning to attend CCS or Lawrence Tech to study transportation design.

“I think my goal is just working for one of the Big Three one day, and maybe opening my own customs shop to take it to another level,” she said. 

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