MEXICO, NY – Twenty Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students from Oswego County BOCES (OCB) were awarded medals at the SkillsUSA Area II Regional Competition in mid-February.
Held at the State University College of Technology at Delhi, this annual competition gave OCB students an opportunity to compete against other area high school students in timed technical, trade and leadership contests.
First place gold medals in the following contest categories were awarded to: Angel Caster, Hannibal, Action Skills; Jacob Baker, Fulton, Collision Repair Technology; Sara Bartlett, Fulton, Customer Service; Angel Torres, Fulton, Internetworking; and Melissa Perry, Central Square, Job Skills Demonstration Open.
Second place silver medals in the following contest categories were award to: Kassi Schultz, Mexico, Criminal Justice; Anthony Wiley, Pulaski, Collision Repair Technology; James Sperino III, Oswego, Extemporaneous Speaking; Whitney Ford, Oswego, Nail Care; Meghan Williams, Mexico, Photography; Amber Canale, Oswego, Pre-School Teaching Assistant; Kyle Norton, Oswego, Related Technical Math; and
Joseph Polly, Fulton, Technical Computer Applications.
Third place bronze medals in the following contest categories were award to: Malinda Reed, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, Action Skills; Nelson Leach, Fulton, Computer Maintenance Technology; Michael LaClair, Hannibal, Criminal Justice; Justin Dix, Mexico, Extemporaneous Speaking; Cody White, Central Square, Internetworking; Haley Valentine, Oswego, Job Interview; and Courtney Geers, Oswego, Technical Computer Applications.
OCB students will go on to compete in the upcoming SkillsUSA State Competition in Syracuse on April 25, 26, and 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.
It emphasizes total quality at work-high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.
SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.