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High schoolers compete in 27th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

High schoolers compete in 27th annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

high school student competes in the welding contest during the 27th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills OlympicsMore than 900 high school students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 27th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 8 at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level in Syracuse in April, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City, MO, in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville campus on Saturday, March 26.

Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to precision machining. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students were heavily involved in the design, implementation, and judging of many of the contests. Many of the high school students were exposed to a college campus for the first time.

Contestants from the following schools attended:

Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lake Shore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech and Occupational High School (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center (Stanley); GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne Technical and Career Center (Williamson); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell).

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

  • Kelli-Lynn Wilkesmore, Niagara, 1st
  • Andrea Contestabile, EMCC, 2nd
  • Lindsey Gnage, WEMOCO, 3rd

Advertising Design

  • Luis Placeres, Edison Tech, 1st
  • Emily Kokot, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Wyatt Ames, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Animal Careers

  • Madeline Scheer, W.D. Ormsby, 1st
  • Joelle Randall-McCann, W.D. Ormsby, 2nd
  • Kari Salazar, Finger Lakes Tech, 3rd

Auto Body Helper

  • Lucas Russo, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Jacob Wilson, Wayne Tech, 2nd
  • Deric Cyphert, Niagara, 3rd

Auto Service Basic

  • Dylan Binnert, GVB Batavia, 1st
  • Kyle Elliott, GVB Batavia, 2nd
  • Ryan Doepp, Orleans, 3rd

Auto Technology

  • Elvir Haskovic, WEMOCO, 1st
  • James Piva, Niagara, 2nd
  • Dylan Barrett, EMCC, 3rd

Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • Niagara, 1st
  • Niagara, 2nd
  • W.D. Ormsby, 3rd

Carpenter's Assistant

  • Roman Sagan, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Jose Santiago, Niagara, 2nd
  • Christopher Maki, GST Bush, 3rd


  • Alexander Ackley, Niagara, 1st
  • Parker Cady, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Aaron VanSkiver, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Collision Repair

  • David Gorgson, Kenton, 1st
  • Isaac Lippincott, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Derek Mann, W.D. Ormsby, 3rd

Commercial Baking

  • Shaylee Oney, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Bailey Mackenzie, Niagara, 2nd
  • Erika Holtz, W.D. Ormsby, 3rd

Computer Maintenance

  • Kevin Lapham, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Shane Davis, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • David Sieczkarski, GST Wildwood, 3rd


  • Calob Franklin, Hewes, 1st
  • Michael Wardzinski, Niagara, 2nd
  • Hunter Arbogast, Wayne Tech, 3rd

Cosmetology Jr.

  • Anh Phuona Mai, EMCC, 1st
  • Chelsea Chamberlain, Belmont, 2nd
  • Sarah Kurbs, Orleans, 3rd

Cosmetology Sr.

  • Mandy Forenz, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Emily Jacus, Niagara, 2nd
  • Allexyss Mitstifer, GST Bush, 3rd

CPR/First Aid

  • Sarah Piorski, W.D. Ormsby, 1st
  • Jay Riesenberger, EMCC, 2nd
  • Emily Wysocarski, EMCC, 3rd

Criminal Justice

  • Nick Kozlowski, Olean, 1st
  • Jacob Cornell, GST Coopers, 2nd
  • Anthony Ozzella, Olean, 3rd

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

  • Olean, 1st
  • C.G. May, 2nd
  • Belmont, 3rd

Culinary Arts

  • Kody Derhak, EMCC, 1st
  • Abigayle Brietzke, C.G. May, 2nd
  • Owen Jones, Harkness, 3rd

Custom Painting & Graphics

  • Noah Schleich, C.G. May, 1st
  • Thomas Lee, Hewes, 2nd
  • Caroline Schall, W.D. Ormsby, 3rd

Diesel Mechanics

  • Alexander Fischer, Niagara, 1st
  • Kyle Sharkey, Niagara, 2nd
  • Maxwell Morrell, Niagara, 3rd

Early Childhood

  • Wynter Dumont, Orleans, 1st
  • Emma Sens, EMCC, 2nd
  • Selah Lowery, Niagara, 3rd

Electrical Construction & Wiring

  • Peter Roloson, Finger Lakes Tech, 1st
  • Cullin Wanbsganss, Potter, 2nd
  • Curtis Miller, Harkness, 3rd

Electronics Technology

  • Brendan Schyve, Orleans, 1st

Employment Application

  • Jordan Coon, EMCC, 1st
  • Katelynn Kusmierz, Niagara, 2nd
  • James Williams, WEMOCO, 3rd

Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Amelia O’Shell, GST Bush, 1st
  • Kayla Smith, Orleans; and Julianna Lisak, EMCC, 2nd
  • Kayla Licht, Orleans, 3rd

Food Prep Assistant

  • Hailey Weaver, GST Wildwood, 1st
  • Ryan McIntosh, EMCC, 2nd
  • Tom Shaw, C.G. May, 3rd

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

  • Orleans, 1st
  • Belmont, 2nd
  • Niagara, 3rd

Job Demo A

  • Christa Vanderkamp, EMCC, 1st
  • Joseph Gavin, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Laicey Axtell, GST Coopers, 3rd

Job Demo Open

  • Dawson Gilbert, Wayne Tech, 1st
  • Jacob Forsyth, GST Coopers, 2nd
  • Michaela Conklin, GST Bush, 3rd

Job Interview

  • Amanda Klamut, Niagara, 1st
  • Ally Mack, Finger Lakes Tech, 2nd
  • Julia Wood, WEMOCO, 3rd


  • Dylan Burtch, Orleans, 1st
  • Corkey Swails, Edison, 2nd
  • Jesse Wilcox, Orleans, 3rd

Nail Technician

  • Makena Carpenter, Orleans, 1st
  • Braillen Hare, Orleans, 2nd
  • Olya Cyran, W.D. Ormsby, 3rd


  • Keira Fletcher, Niagara, 1st
  • Sophia Cox, EMCC, 2nd
  • Macayla Howell, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Power Equipment Technology

  • Cory Ormsby, Niagara, 1st
  • Jacob Booth, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Jessie Penpa, Wayne Tech, 3rd

Precision Heavy Equipment

  • Justin Raly, Wayne Tech, 1st
  • Cameron Bobout, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Hunter Tingley, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Precision Machining

  • Josh Dimora, Wayne Tech, 1st
  • Cody Westmorland, Niagara, 2nd
  • Ryan George, GVB Batavia, 3rd

Prepared Speech

  • Andrea Hess, Ellicottville, 1st
  • William Pelorella, Orleans, 2nd
  • Hannah Howe, Potter, 3rd

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

  • EMCC, 1st
  • WEMOCO, 2nd
  • GVB Batavia, 3rd

Related Technical Math

  • Mike Beach, GST Bush, 1st
  • Erik Regan, Harkness, 2nd
  • Matthew Watts, Orleans, 3rd

Restaurant Services

  • Sarah White, Niagara, 1st
  • Briana Thompson, LoGuidice, 2nd
  • Morgan Dennis, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Small Engines

  • Emmanuel Franco, Wayne Tech, 1st
  • Codey Derick, GST Wildwood, 2nd
  • Logan Drake, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Technical Drafting

  • Devon Schiefer, W.D. Ormsby, 1st
  • Kevin Miller, Finger Lakes Tech, 2nd
  • Conner Heiser, Niagara, 3rd

T-Shirt Design

  • Jose Rivera, Edison, 1st
  • Aryien Carey, GST Coopers, 2nd
  • Jack White, GST Coopers, 3rd

TV/Video Production

  • GST Wildwood, 1st
  • GST Bush, 2nd
  • WEMOCO, 3rd


  • Kyle Russo, Niagara, 1st
  • Colton Duyssen, GVB Batavia, 2nd
  • Hunter Allen, GST Wildwood, 3rd