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More than three dozen area students are competing at state SkillsUSA competition


Students from Cobleskill to Cohoes are taking part


Team picMore than three dozen Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students from across the region are in Syracuse today and tomorrow  (April 27 and 28) to test their technical skills against the best students from across the state at the New York State SkillsUSA competition.

The state competition draws hundreds of career and technical education students from Long Island to Massena and Buffalo to Albany to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Winners of that event will advance to the national competition in Kentucky in June.

The CTE students boarded a charter bus on Wednesday and arrived yesterday afternoon Syracuse where they took part in an opening ceremony.

"I'm really nervous for this but I am ready," said fashion student Brianna Colucci of Duanesburg who is competing in the job skills competition.

A peer in the CTE auto services program from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district conquered.

"I'm more nervous now than when I am fighting a fire," said Joaquin Rossen, a senior at CTE and a volunteer firefighter, who is competing in the basic vehicle maintenance competition.

CTE students have been preparing for the last few months to test their skills in everything from vehicle maintenance to nursing, carpentry, baking, carpentry and more.

Capital Region BOCES CTE competition representatives, their home school districts and contests are as follows:

  • Majira Ambroise, South Colonie, in job skills
  • Samantha Barnes, Duanesburg, in nurse assistant
  • Kristina Belser, Voorheesville, in CSI
  • Jason Benn, RCS,  in the action skills competition
  • Slater Bouchard, Cohoes, in commercial baking
  • Victoria Carl, Voorheesville, in dieselBillboard competitors
  • Shaun Buerker, Guilderland, in CTE residential wiring
  • Justin Crandall, Mohonasen, in carpentry assistant
  • Quinton Crewell, Mohonasen, in the promotional billboard competition
  • Danielle DiCaprio, Mohonasen, in cosmetology
  • Samantha English, Shenendehowa, in CSI
  • Demetrios Fantroy, adult, in culinary arts
  • Angel Ferrand, Shenendehowa, in CSI
  • Roy Grant, Cohoes, in the promotional billboard competition
  • Sam Groezinger, Guilderland, in carpentry
  • Alex LeClair, Voorheesville, in HVAC
  • Greg Lenegar, Bethlehem, in photography
  • Glenn MacDonald, Guilderland, in auto tech
  • Maddie Montanye, Mohonasen, in the promotional billboard competition
  • Alexander Morina, Guilderland, in food prep assistant
  • Paige Nash, Scotia-Glenville, in the job interview competition
  • Ashley Nichols, Scotia-Glenville, in commercial baking
  • Marygrace Nichols, Duanesburg, in nurse assistantNurse assistant competitors
  • Joaquin Rossen, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, in basic vehicle
  • John Simonds, Bethlehem, in small engine
  • Thorne Sperry, South Colonie, in HVAC
  • Madison Waddell, Shenendehowa, in cosmetology
  • Thomas Ascenzi, Cohoes, computer maintenance
  • Brenna Katsoudas, Niskayuna, esthetics model
  • Bella Catelotti, Mohonasen, esthetics
  • Brianna Colucci, Duanesburg, job skills
  • Gene Broadwell, Cobleskill-Richmondville, precision heavy equipment operation
  • Irving Skowfoe, Middleburgh, carpentry
  • Sarah Barton, Sharon Springs, CSI
  • Katie Dobesh, Middleburgh, CSI
  • Andrew Amedio, BKW, CSI
  • Matt Stanfield, BKW, criminal justice
  • Brianna Zabrisky, Sharon Springs, culinary artsCSE
  • Hailey Dorrough, Schoharie, cake decorating
  • Marina Crescimanno, Middleburgh, culinary
  • Trinity Patterson, Middleburgh, commercial baking
  • Kathleen Hannmann, Middleburgh, restaurant services

The annual SkillsUSA competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels enable students to showcase their career and technical, professional and interpersonal skills and learn about teamwork and citizenship.  Students compete locally to advance to the regional competition.

In the top photo, CTE students from the Albany campus pose alongside the bus that took them to Syracuse.

Second photo,  Roy Grant of Cohoes and Madison Montanye of Scotia-Glenville, and  Quinton Crewell of Mohonasen stand by the billboard they designed and made for the competition.

Third photo, Marygrace Nichols and Samantha Barnes both of Duanesburg, practice nursing skills.

Sarah Barton, of Sharon Springs, and Kathryn Dobesh of Middleburgh, practice for the CSI competition.




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