May 12, 2017

Career Preparation Center Student Receives Award for “Non-Traditional” Career

Emily Newborn, a junior from Eaton Rapids High School, has been named a recipient of the Breaking Traditions Award through the Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education. 

Emily’s nomination stems from her active participation in the Animal Science and Zoo Management Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center program. The goal of this award is to reward students for surpassing obstacles and stereotypes to achieve success in career and technical education programs.

Emily has participated in the one-year Animal Science and Zoo Management program through the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center and completed several agriculture classes at her high school. Emily has earned many certifications through the San Diego Zoo Global Academy including Worms, Germs, and You: Zoonotic Disease, Safe Handling and Restraint, Animal Welfare and Seven Secrets to Effective Public Speaking in addition to certifications in both human and pet first-aid through the American Red Cross and Pet Emergency Education. She is currently serving as vice president of the Eaton County 4H Council, vice president of the Small Animal Association and a Junior Farm Bureau Board Member. Emily plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall of 2018 and work toward a graduate degree in Veterinary Science and eventually open her own practice.

“Agriculture is still a largely male-dominated field. It is estimated that less than 1/3 of farmers are women in the U.S.,” said Rebecca Morningstar, Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center instructor and Emily’s nominator. “Emily has not let this stand in her way as she has pursued her interests. She has taken on many leadership roles including helping to get an FFA Chapter started in her school as well as serving as an officer for that chapter. She also took the initiative to not only participate in the 5 Minutes Tops business startup competition, but did well enough to receive funding for her business, Emily’s Farm. Congratulations to Emily on this award!”

The Breaking Traditions Awards were presented at a ceremony on Thursday, May 11 to students from around the State of Michigan. In addition to Emily, three other Eaton RESA Career Preparation Students were nominated and recognized in the third tier of the awards program.