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Three area high schools students win state technical skills competitions 


A fourth student took second place in the SkillsUSA competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse


Skowfoe buildsThree area high school students won state championships representing Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) recently at the New York State SkillsUSA competition in Syracuse.

Alex LeClair of Voorheesville, Glenn MacDonald of Guilderland and Irving Skowfoe of Middleburgh took top honors among the hundreds of competitors who tested their technical skills at the competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse April 27-28.

LeClair competed in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) competition, MacDonald competed in the auto technician competition and Skowfoe competed in the carpentry skills event.

Thomas Ascenzi of Cohoes also brought home a medal for Capital Region BOCES after he placed second in the computer maintenance competition.

"It's the first time we have won the auto competition. Glenn and all of the students did an excellent job," said Brian LaCroix, CTE automotive teacher and the SkillsUSA Albany campus advisor.

"It was a lot of fun. I had a great time competing and meeting new people from around the state," said MacDonald.

LeClair and Ascenzi concurred.

"It was fun and interesting to be among so many people," LeClair said.

"It felt great to compete against other kids with similar skill sets," added Ascenzi. 

Asked about the skills involved, LeClair said, "It wasn't that hard for me. There were things that people would think were hard, but I didn't find them to be," he said.

The three first-place winners earned the right to compete in the national SkillsUSA competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky.

"It's going to be a great chance to meet people from all over the place and to make contact with companies," MacDonald said.

In the top photo, Irving Skowfoe competes at the state SkillsUSA competition.

Below, from left to right, Glenn MacDonald, Alex LeClair, Irving Skowfoe and bottom row Thomas Ascenzi.

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