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SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics Winners Announced

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.