MEXICO – Career and Technical Education students from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation left the New York State SkillsUSA competition with two gold medals this year, those students now qualify for the national competition that will take place in Kentucky this summer.
CiTi CTE students also came home with two second place silver medals and one third place bronze medal.
The students competed against nearly 2,000 other CTE students from across the state for this competition, which was held at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
CiTi CTE student Mary Buske received a gold first place medal in Early Childhood Education.
Buske had to demonstrate her knowledge of developmentally-appropriate practice by preparing a written lesson plan and taking an exam on her understanding of child development and learning.
Team members Shelby Buffham, Megan Gass and Jasmyn Williams received a gold first place medal in Crime Scene Investigation.
The girls were directed to a hypothetical crime scene and evaluated for their implementation of crime scene analysis, which included fingerprinting, a crime scene sketch, labeling of evidence and a written report.
Recipients of second place silver medals were Austin Monson in Internetworking and Elizabeth Lobdell in Health Occupations Portfolio.
Internetworking involved networking design, troubleshooting, configuration and hands-on evaluations.
Lobdell’s Health Occupations Professional Portfolio was evaluated to measure her ability to present herself to a prospective employer and involved both a portfolio notebook and a live presentation.
Kaitlynn Rice received a third place bronze medal in Basic Health Care Skills. Rice was required to perform entry-level health procedures on hypothetical patients, all while practicing skills in communication, ethical and legal awareness, safety, teamwork and more.
CiTi CTE SkillsUSA advisors Lou Ann Peet and Craig Mahon, CTE Assistant Principal Joseph Olsen and CTE Principal Marla Berlin all expressed their pride in their students’ work, not just the medal recipients, but of all those who participated in the competition.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that provides career and technical education students the opportunity to demonstrate and be recognized for their technical, trade and leadership skills.
Williams, Gass, Buffham and Buske will all have the opportunity to compete against other state contest winners from across the country at the 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference that will be held in Louisville June 20 – 24.
Pictures of the competition can be found on the CiTi Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CiTiboces.