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CTE Students Take Top Spots at SkillsUSA State Competition

Friday, April 26, 2019

Congratulations to the more than 120 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships from April 24 to 26 in Syracuse. Among the thousands who took to the state fairgrounds, three WSWHE BOCES CTE students returned home with the title of New York State Champion in their respective fields:​

  • Dylan Bruce of Cambridge won first place in Action Skills
  • Julia Holbrook of Galway won first place for Extemporaneous Speaking 
  • Gabrielle Tracy of Fort Ann won first place in Culinary Arts

Cassandra Mergel of Queensbury was elected State Parliamentarian. Nate Brooks of Corinth was elected State Treasurer. 

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

First place winners are eligible to represent the F. Donald Myers Education Center and the Southern Adirondack Education Center at the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28.  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, CTE 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. 

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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