First-Place Winners Announced For SkillsUSA Day Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics

Mason Smithewson Students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts--encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier--competed recently in a SkillsUSA (formerly Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Day leadership conference and skills Olympics at Alfred State College, on both the Wellsville and Alfred campuses, earlier this month. Several BOCES schools participated in the event. Among the contests, first-place winners included: action skills: Michael Alvarez, LoGuidice (Fredonia); advertising design: Miranda Lyle, Orleans (Medina); air conditioning and refrigeration: Shane Forster, Lakeshore/Carrier Educational Center (Angola); architectural drafting: Nicholas Magyar, Niagara (Sanborn); auto body helper: Brent Sleve, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); auto service: John Haverson, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center Fairport); auto technology: Brandon Bisig, EMCC; automated manufacturing technology: Nick Foster, Ray Scheer, and Chris Povoski, Coopers; carpenter's assistant: Dustin Austin, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); carpentry: Steve Coontrino, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); collision repair technology: Kenneth Salem, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); commercial baking: Jessica Callahan, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); computer maintenance technology: Case Boyle, WE-MO-CO; cosmetology junior: Lacey Visker, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Jessica Sanfillipo, EMCC; CPR/first aid: Theodore Garlock, EMCC; criminal justice: Jeff Crooks, Ellicottville; culinary arts: Kelly McIntyre, Orleans; data entry: Jedidiah Alberter, Orleans; diesel equipment technology: Todd Rapp, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); electronic technology: Kyle Weeks, Orleans; extemporaneous speaking: Ken Simpson, WE-MO-CO; floral arrangement: Lakiah McPhee, Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); floral assistant: Wendy Parson, Edison; food and beverage service: Adam Margeson, Wildwood; food prep assistant: Brittany Perry, WE-MO-CO; graphic communication: Brittany House, Orleans; health knowledge bowl: Emily Schultheis, Jaclin DeMarte, Breanne Smith, and Katelynn Smith, Wildwood; heating: Joe Frey, Niagara; internetworking: Matt Taft, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); job demo A: Lauren Zimmerman, Niagara; job demo open: Waylon Wilson, Niagara; job interview: Alaina Wilson, Orleans; masonry: Matt Costello, Niagara; medical assisting: Hilary Armagost, Ellicottville; nail technician: Jessica Holland, Olean CTE Center (Olean); office technology: Amanda Knapp, Orleans; opening and closing: WE-MO-CO; pin design: Vivian Smith, Coopers; precision heavy equipment: Brenton Austin, Coopers; precision machining: Steve Ceuger, Niagara; prepared speech: Sam Mendola, Kenton Center (Olean); preschool teaching assistant: Kimberly Zielinski, Ellicottville; quiz bowl: Ian Newville, Deidre Carter, Josh Stein, Mike Moss, and Chris Fuss, EMCC; related technical math: Erik Fellenz, Finger Lakes (Newark); small animal care: Brie Crooks, Finger Lakes (Stanley); technical computer application: Mike Crumb, WE-MO-CO; technical drafting: Dustin Bigleoki, LoGuidice; TV production: Jason Estopia and Waylon Wilson, Niagara; and welding: Alex Izzo, EMCC.