SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics Winners Announced

SkillsUSA contestantApproximately 1,100 students from Region I BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education and Services) districts encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 20th annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA--Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) held earlier this month at Alfred State College. Competition areas ranged from extemporaneous speaking and graphic communications to heating and air conditioning to law enforcement and ground maintenance to auto service, collision repair, and brick masonry, to cake decorating and small animal care (vet assistant).  New this year was a competition in crime scene investigation (CSI).  Alfred State College faculty, staff, and students judged the competitions.

An awards ceremony honored (top three in order of finish):

  • Action Skills:  Brittany Perry, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Amber Household, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Cailyn Ballezza, CG May Vocational Center, (Mt. Morris);
  • Advertising Design:  Jake Randell, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Kyle Contestabile, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Lisa Houseman, Orleans (Medina);
  • Architectural Drafting: Erica Elliot, LoGuidice (Fredonia); George Castaldo, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); and Shannon Cook, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora);
  • Auto Body Helper:  Derick Salisbury, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Colt Tortorice, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); and Mike Arnold, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Auto Service:  Darin Winship, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); and Brandon Dantini, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Auto Technology:  Nick Wheaton, Genesee Valley (Batavia); Andy Vonhagn, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); Frank Nellist, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora);
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology:  James Farmer, Niagara (Sanborn); Seth Monroe, Niagara (Sanborn); Eric Barraclough, Niagara (Sanborn);
  • Carpenter's Assistant:  Mike Forshee, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); Mike Gear, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); and Jamie Stuart, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell);
  • Carpentry:  Benjamin Seever, Orleans (Medina); Nate Palmer, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); and Ales Spies, Kenton Center (Olean);
  • Collision Repair:  Andrew LeBuff, Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Matthew Kemp, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); Casey Watson, GST BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post);
  • Commercial Baking:  Larisa Korolchuk, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Amy Klinger, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Ashlee Free, Orleans (Medina);
  • Computer Maintenance Technology:  Chris Fedele, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Tyler Mills, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); and Dilan Gilluly, Belmont;
  • Cosmetology Junior:  Lesley Rivera, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Keira Durstine, Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Jayna Linder, Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca);
  • Cosmetology Senior:  Nichole Asel, Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Brandy Cole, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Danielle Petote EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport);
  • CPR/First Aid:  Eric Lawler, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Rob Ockenden, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Chelsea Garcia, Hewes Educational Center (Ashville);
  • Criminal Justice:  Seth McClory, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Joshua Wolcott, GST BOCES, Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Michael LaFever, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post);
  • CSI:   Emily Bowman, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Colton Hettington, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Amber Summers, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira);
  • Culinary Arts:  Andy Montesano, Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Callie Benz, Niagara (Sanborn); Andrea Vaccaro, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga);
  • Custom Painting and Graphics:  Brandon Boczar, Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Matt Roberts, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Brittany Jessup, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post);
  • Diesel Mechanics:  Joshua Watkins, Orleans (Medina); Philip Panek, Orleans (Medina); Paul Grimmer, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora);
  • Electronics Technology:  Zakaria Zahran, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Joshua Jackson, Orleans (Medina); Adam Martinelli, Genesee Valley (Batavia);
  • Employment Application:  Kayleigh Nolan, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport);Tessa Bundschuh, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Bridget Brehmn, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora);
  • Extemporaneous Speech:  Kris Theodorou, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Dustin Hall, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Jonathan Price, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira);
  • Food and Beverage Service:  Angelo Colaiacovo, LoGuidice (Fredonia); Christine Cooper, Niagara (Sanborn); Mike Martin, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Food Prep Assistant:  Rachel LaChat, Niagara (Sanborn); Katelyn McDonald, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Mike Stockmaster, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Health Knowledge Bowl:  Team #5, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Team #9, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); Team #6 Niagara (Sanborn);
  • Internetworking:  Sebastian Manunta, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Tim Collins, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Nicholas Yatteau, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Job Demo A:  Nia Pullinski, Harkness Center (Cheektowaga); Loreal Prystaj, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Vivian Smith, GST BOCES Coopers Campus (Painted Post);
  • Job Demo Open:  Joe Cutter, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Tommy Paszkiewica, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Stephanie Baker, GST;
  • Job Interview:  Melissa Rivers, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Collin Berst, Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Heather Moore, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark);
  • Masonry:  Luis Martell, Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Richard Atkin, Orleans (Medina); Chris White, Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester);
  • Medical Assisting:  Michelle Krotje, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Jackie Hawley, Belmont; Desirae Miller, Olean CTE Center (Olean);
  • Nail Technology:  Kaitlin Kellogg, Olean CTE Center (Olean); Anthony Palotto, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Ashley Thomas, Lakeshore/Carrier Educational Center (Angola);
  • Opening and Closing:  WE-MO-CO, Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester);
  • Precision Heavy Equipment:  Andrew DeLude, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Don Morgan, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Cody Kelly, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Precision Machining:  Ben Hoitink, Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Jacob Neitz, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Bryan Reiber, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark);
  • Prepared Speech:  Ashley Washington, Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Celeste Truesdale, Niagara (Sanborn);
  • Preschool Teaching Assistant:  Catherine Souder, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Shelby Wheeler, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Danielle Ellis, GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira);
  • Quiz Bowl:  Kyle Hall, Gavin Guarerra, Lindsay Murley, Kaalee Closson and Aaron Slattery, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Joey Deschambault, Chris Dupre, Kyle Hanlon, Max Hanlon, and Paul Jenkins, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Nikki Muscato, Joe Ramano, Natalie Dommell, Sam Steffan, and Erin Guedesse, Kenton Center (Olean);
  • Related Technical Math:  Tiffany Proctor, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Phillip Sutton, Orleans (Medina); Kalvin Conner, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Residential Wiring:  Brandon Klahn, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Steve Williams, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Dylan Wicker, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport);
  • Small Animal:  Stephanie Follette, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Joseph Johnson, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); Emilia Lieman, LoGuidice (Fredonia);
  • T-Shirt Design:  Silena Heine, Orleans (Medina); Jamie Forsyth, Niagara (Sanborn); Scott Lute, Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post);
  • Technical Computer Applications:  Josh Conner, Lakeshore/Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Mike Crumb, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport); Tabitha Hayden, Lakeshore/Carrier Educational Center (Angola);
  • Technical Drafting:  Mike Paciorek, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora); Chad Pettengill, Ellicottville CTE Center (Ellicottville); Darren Schmitt, WD Ormsby Center (East Aurora);
  • TV Production:  AJ Leone and Josh Bailey, EMCC (Eastern Monroe Career Center, Fairport); Cody Ryan and Orin Stephens, GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell); and Tim Lingard and James Piccarreto, WE-MO-CO Occupational-Technical Center (Spencerport);
  • Welding:  Jordan Luce, Kenton Center (Olean); Donald Stoll, LoGuidice (Fredonia); Rich Sepor, Genesee Valley (Batavia);

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June.