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Students Win State Competition

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Student who won first place poses for photo

Diahjanae Walker of Hartford

Congratulations to the more than 150 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships from April 25 to 27 in Syracuse. Among the thousands who took to the state fairgrounds, eight WSWHE BOCES CTE students returned home with the title of New York State Champion in their respective fields:

  • Calvin Stead of Saratoga Springs won first place in Basic Automotive Vehicle Maintenance
  • Hunter Evans of Saratoga Springs won first place in Carpenter’s Assistant
  • Karry Ziegler of Hadley-Luzerne and her model Hannah Hansen of Cambridge won first place in the Esthetics competition.
  • Diahjanae Walker of Hartford won first place in Job Skill Demonstration Open. She created an ice sphere and explained to judges how the process relates to STEM.
  • Jeremy DeLor of Queensbury, Nicholas Moore and Grady Smith of Hudson Falls and Lucas Thayer of South Glens Falls took first place in the Team Works competition where they had to work as a team to build a structure over three days of competition.

Kayla Harrington of Queensbury was elected State Parliamentarian. Jarod Quackenbush of South Glens Falls represented Area III as Vice President.

Eight students earned second and third place at the state competition. See “related documents” for the individual awards received at the competition.

The Basic Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Carpenter’s Assistant competitions are not offered at the national level. All other first place winners are eligible to represent the F. Donald Myers Education Center and the Southern Adirondack Education Center at the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-28.  The state officers are required to attend.

The National Leadership and Skills Conference showcases career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Every year, Career and Tech Ed students compete in local SkillsUSA competitions at the F. Donald Myers and Southern Adirondack Education Centers in order to earn the chance to compete at the SkillsUSA Regional, New York State, and National competitions. WSWHE BOCES is one of the top New York schools in terms of medal counts at the SkillsUSA State Championships. This year there are more first, second and third place winners than there have been in several years.

Each competition measures a student’s hands-on skills in his or her chosen field of study including nursing, baking, welding, auto repair, and carpentry as well as interviewing for jobs and public speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set time frame. Business and industry leaders judge the competitions. Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers, and the prizes are well worth the effort. Some students receive scholarships and awards as a result of their exceptional performance at a competition.

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SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance, and for keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs. To learn more, click here.


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