Local Students Place at Area Skills USA Regional Competition

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.


Belmont Center:

2nd place – Jordan McDonald – Nail Tech & Model

2nd place – Makayla Kreamer – Nail Tech & Model

3rd place – Elise Petrichick – Animal Careers/Animal Science


Ellicottville Center:

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


Olean Center:

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.