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Career & Technical School News

Capital Region BOCES student earns third place in national skills competition


Irving Skowfoe from Middleburgh brings home national bronze medal


Skowfoe cutsJust minutes before he walked across Middleburgh's stage to receive his high school diploma on June 24, Irving Skowfoe found out he won a bronze medal at the national SkillsUSA competition.

After competing last week, the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) student flew home from Louisville, Kentucky to go to his evening high school graduation. Meanwhile, CTE teacher Matt Millard was sitting in an auditorium in Louisville to see if Skowfoe or his Capital Region BOCES teammates — Glenn MacDonald from Bethlehem and Alex LeClair from Voorheesville has bested the thousands of competitors from across the nation to earn honors.

"I got a hold of him right before he walked across the stage. He was super excited," said Millard.

Skowfoe outperformed dozens of competitors to win the bronze medal in the carpentry skills competition, one of dozens of SkillsUSA events that draw 16,000 students, faculty and business leaders to Louisville each June.

"It was an amazing experience and I am glad I got to go and meet a lot of new people," said Skowfoe Monday after working all day in his family businesses — R. Skowfoe, which is a trash and debris removal service, as well as a junkyard, and Skowfoe and Sons, which is an automotive repair business.Skowfoe

Skowfoe is not one to rest on his laurels. In the fall, he will attend SUNY Delhi to pursue a degree in automotive repair. While he enjoys carpentry and is now nationally recognized in that skill he wants to expand his automotive knowledge to repair the businesses' trucks.

But that doesn't mean he is done with carpentry not in the least.

"I plan to use my carpentry skills for my personal life. I'd like to buy some apartments one day and renovate and maintain them for rentals. That'll be my retirement," said the Middleburgh graduate. "It's a good retirement plan from everything that I have heard and read."

Skowfoe is shown in the top two pictures competing at nationals. Below, he is shown at CTE last month.





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