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High schoolers compete in 31st annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

High schoolers compete in 31st annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Alfred State

More 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 31st annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 3 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 Louisville, KY, in June.

Skills tests ranged from criminal justice to TV/video production to masonry. 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
•    Grace Stephens, EMCC, 1st
•    Christopher Handy, Harkness, 2nd
•    Alex Duffy, Carrier, 3rd

Advertising Design
•    Keirstyn Edwards, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Zoe Feltz, Niagara, 2nd
•    Einan Walsh, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Animal Careers
•    Triana Burgos-Farnan, Wayne, 1st
•    Sarah Yokum, Hewes, 2nd
•    Elise Petrichick, Belmont, 3rd

Auto Body Helper
•    Darren Colwell, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Ian Siener, WD Ormsby, 2nd 
•    Eric Mendez, EMCC, 3rd

Auto Service
•    Daniel Gardiner, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Evan Henry, LoGuidice, 2nd
•    Nicholas Blackburn, WEMOCO, 3rd

Auto Technology
•    Daniel Eckert, WD Ormsby, 1st
•    Michael Yohance, WEMOCO, 2nd
•    Steven Kiernan, EMCC, 3rd

Carpenter's Assistant
•    Brian Davis, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Owen Washburn, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Alfonso Cutaia, Niagara, 3rd

•    Jeffrey Jones, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Michael Huntington, Orleans, 2nd
•    Clayton Keyes, Orleans, 3rd

CNC Milling
•    Cethan Meda, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Malachi Cleveland, Olean, 2nd
•    Cal Stinson, Orleans, 3rd

Collision Repair
•    Samantha Welch, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Jerry McCarthy, WD Ormsby, 2nd
•    Tyler Langley, EMCC, 3rd

Commercial Baking
•    Alexa Price, EMCC, 1st
•    Emily Lamp, WEMOCO, 2nd
•    Olyvia Clary, GST Coopers, 3rd

Computer Maintenance
•    Christos Madomopoulas, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Shawn Eveland, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Riley Flaitz, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Cosmetology Jr.
•    Grace Ruffino, WD Ormsby, 1st
•    Kennedy Breakingbury, EMCC, 2nd
•    Hanna Willard, Orleans, 3rd

Cosmetology Sr.
•    Kate Songer, EMCC, 1st
•    Sandra Bautista-Lopez, Orleans, 2nd
•    Jadie Faulkner, GST Wildwood, 3rd

CPR/First Aid
•    Carolyn Pizzingrilli, EMCC, 1st
•    Isabella Capretto, WD Ormsby, 2nd
•    Jasmine Michel, Niagara, 3rd

Criminal Justice
•    Alexandra Rosell, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Dylan Booker, Olean, 2nd
•    Jordan Waterbury, GV Batavia, 3rd

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)
•    Niagara, 1st
•    Ormsby, 2nd
•    Orleans, 3rd

Culinary Arts
•    Dominik Linde, Niagara, 1st
•    Destiny Elston, Harkness, 2nd
•    Arabella Cruz, Finger Lakes, 3rd

Custom Painting
•    Gavin Schmidt, GV Batavia, 1st
•    Arianna Hanchett, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Kylie Gerlach, WD Ormsby, 3rd

Diesel Mechanics
•    Wyatt Schultz, Niagara, 1st
•    Adam Wagner, Niagara, 2nd
•    Ean MaGill, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Early Childhood
•    Madison Gancasz, Orleans, 1st
•    Ellery Brown, Orleans, and Abby Papke, Ellicottville, tied for 2nd 
•    Sierra Masic, Niagara, 3rd  

Electrical Construction Wiring
•    Luke Golas, Harkness, 1st
•    Nick Mento, Harkness, 2nd
•    Luke Bean, EMCC, 3rd

Employment Application
•    Sabrina Graves, GST Coopers, and Logan Robinson, GST Coopers, tied for 1st
•    Chloe Hartman-Wing, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Angel Mrosk, Kenton, 3rd

•    Brooke Wagatha, Ellicottville, 1st
•    Kaitlin Pries, CG May, 2nd 
•    Gracie Fidelli, Niagara, 3rd 

Extemporaneous Speech
•    Haeli Santos, WEMOCO, 1st
•    Nick Marchonda, GST Coopers, 2nd
•    Olivia Carr, WD Ormsby, 3rd

Food Prep Assistant
•    Harmony Booth, Ellicottville, 1st
•    Brianna Quinn, Harkness, 2nd
•    Ravyn Mellwain, GST Coopers, 3rd 

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)
•    GST Coopers, 1st
•    Orleans, 2nd
•    Harkness, 3rd

Job Demo A
•    Hunter Barber, Ellicottville, and Miranda Hakes, Niagara, tied for 1st
•    Rachel Miller, GST Coopers, 2nd
•    Nina Pace, Harkness, 3rd

Job Demo Open
•    Antonio Vidal, LoGuidice, 1st
•    Corinne Hill, Orleans, 2nd
•    Jodie Mejia, Potter, 3rd

Job Interview
•    Brianna Wigent, EMCC, 1st
•    Rhylee Jung, Niagara, 2nd
•    Terrice Wright, WEMOCO, 3rd

•    Nathan Thurston, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Savannah Barros, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Dalton Smith, GST Coopers, 3rd

Nail Technician
•    Amanda Graham, Ellicottville, and Madison Marsh, Model, 1st
•    Jordan McDonald, Belmont, and Makayla Kreamer, Model, 2nd
•    McKenna Garcia, EMCC, and Joyce Brickell, Model, 3rd

•    Jonathan Carbone, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Ceanna Anselm, EMCC, 2nd
•    Jake Clifford, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Power Equipment
•    Ben Stilson, GST Wildwood, 1st
•    Gabriel Hauri, Ellicottville, 2nd
•    Kaleb Switzer, WEMOCO, 3rd

Precision Heavy Equipment
•    Sam Giardini, Ellicottville, 1st
•    Conner Hutches, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Eric Wieland, Niagara, 3rd

Prepared Speech
•    Victoria Thompson, EMCC, 1st
•    Jordyn Gilbert, Kenton, 2nd
•    Destiny Rung, Olean, 3rd

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)
•    GST Coopers, 1st
•    EMCC, 2nd
•    WEMOCO, 3rd

Related Technical Math
•    Josephine Schelling, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Nazar Blagyy, EMCC, 2nd
•    Olivia Thornton, Harkness, 3rd

Restaurant Services
•    Hannah Sebring, GST Coopers, 1st
•    Alexander Stoelting, Niagara, 2nd
•    Ta’Nayzah Gilliam, GST Wildwood, 3rd

Small Engines
•    Samuel Chase, Niagara, 1st
•    Cody Brouneus, GST Coopers, 2nd
•    Gavin Schoffner, GST Coopers, 3rd

Technical Drafting
•    Connor McVey, Wayne, 1st
•    Richard Wilcox, Niagara, 2nd
•    Geoffrey Schutz, Niagara, 3rd

T-Shirt Design
•    Keirstyn Edwards, GST Coopers, 1st 
•    Noah Napolitano, GST Wildwood, 2nd 
•    Paul Drake, GST Wildwood, 3rd 

TV/Video Production
•    Teddy Miller and Jaxson Cambilin, GST Bush, 1st
•    Kyle Griffin and Joycelyn Decker, Olean, 2nd
•    Savannah Southcott and Tyler Jones, WEMOCO, 3rd

•    Trent King, WEMOCO, 1st
•    Austin Dailey, GST Wildwood, 2nd
•    Cody Coughlin, GV Batavia, 3rd