Career and Technical Education students from Oswego County BOCES joined well more than 2,000 students from other BOCES, technical career centers and high schools for the 48th Annual New York State Leadership and SkillsUSA Championships.
The conference gave OCB students an opportunity to showcase their skills in a variety of technical, trade and leadership contests.
Business and industry professionals judged the more than 80 contests that took place at the conference at the New York State Fairgrounds and OCB students where recognized for outstanding achievement in four different contest areas.
Computer Systems and Networking (Cisco) student Perrin Ogden, from the Fulton City School District, was awarded a first place, gold medal in the Internetworking contest. This timed contest consisted of three components to tests the students’ skill and knowledge of networking concepts. A team of professionals currently in the networking industry assessed the contestants’ ability to design, install, adapt, maintain and manage an internetworking system.
Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kaitlyn Naylor, from the Central Square Central School District, was awarded a first place, gold medal in the Floral Design contest. For this timed contest Naylor and her fellow contestants prepared a floral centerpiece, a corsage, and a wedding design and then calculated a cost and suggested retail business report for each design.
Construction Technology student Vince Hall, from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District was awarded a second place, silver medal in the Carpentry contest. This timed contest assessed each participant’s ability to read and interpret blueprints as well as workmanship and proper use of tools and equipment. Hall and the other contestants framed walls using wood and steel studs; cut and installed rafters; and then installed drywall, baseboard moldings and window trim.
The fourth OCB student recognized for outstanding achievement at the statewide competition was Nursing Assistant student Marissa Lopergola from the Central Square Central School District. Lopergola competed in the Medical Math contest and was awarded a third, place bronze medal for her ability to solve mathematic problems encountered in the medical profession.
The New York State SkillsUSA Conference is a precursor to the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, M., at the end of June.
Perrin Ogden’s first place finish in the Internetworking contest has earned him the honor to represent Oswego County BOCES and New York State at the upcoming conference.