Alfred, NY – March 3, 2020 – Several local students were recently honored as top competitors in their fields in the area Skills USA regional competition held at Alfred State College.
The Skills USA events are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Key areas of competition include communication, construction, heavy equipment operation, welding, animal sciences, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, human services, information technology, leadership, manufacturing, and STEM.
Many CA BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from centers in Belmont, Ellicottville, and Olean competed in the annual competition with several of the students placing.
2nd place – Jordan McDonald – Nail Tech & Model
2nd place – Makayla Kreamer – Nail Tech & Model
3rd place – Elise Petrichick – Animal Careers/Animal Science
1st place – Brooke Wagatha – Esthetics
1st place – Harmony Booth – Food Prep/Culinary Arts
1st place – Hunter Barber – Job Demo/Power Equipment Technology
1st place – Amanda Graham – Nail Tech & Model
1st place – Sam Giardini – Precision Heavy Equipment
2nd place – Gabe Hauri – Power Equipment Technology
2nd place – Abby Papke – Early Childhood
2nd place – Dylan Booker – Criminal Justice
2nd place – Malachi Cleveland – CNC Milling
2nd place – Kyle Griffin – Audio/TV Production
2nd place – Jocelyn Decker – Audio/TV Production
3rd place – Destiny Rung – Prepared Speech
CA BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Career and Technical Education Programs, James Schifley, was pleased with the level of participation and the overall performance of student competitors. “We had many students from our three centers compete in their respective areas, and I was impressed with the level of skill they demonstrated,” he said. “We train our students to be “career-ready” in their fields, and instances like this allow them to put their skills to the test.”
As the regional leader in education services, CA BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective shared services for 22 component school districts. CA BOCES empowers students to achieve their maximum potential by offering a wide variety of innovative programs and support that include special education, career and technical education, adult and continuing education, technology support, and instructional support services.