Career & Technical Education students from more than a dozen schools to compete in New York state competition

Nearly 70 students from 19 area school districts will represent Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical Education programs during a statewide SkillsUSA competition that will test their abilities in the skilled trades and in-demand career industries.

Six students wearing SkillsUSA branded jackets smiling.
Students across Career & Technical Education programs are involved in SkillsUSA.

The students, who hail from diverse school districts, such as Schenectady and Sharon Springs, Cobleskill-Richmondville and Watervliet, are competing in events that showcase their work-related skills. The competition will be held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse from April 26-28. Winners from that event will advance to the national SkillsUSA competition in June.

SkillsUSA competition provides a forum for students to showcase their knowledge

Students compete in everything from showcasing proper welding techniques to demonstrating how to solve a crime through their learned crime scene investigatory skills.

“I hope to get first, second or third place because they all show the skills you have. Going to states means a lot to me,” said A.J. Trowell, who attends BOCES from Bethlehem.

“Winning regionals was pretty surreal. I am looking forward to going to states and exceeding my limits,” added Demari Perkins, who attends BOCES from Watervliet.

The students attend the Career & Technical Education Center Albany and Schoharie Campuses from the following school districts: Berne-Knox-Westerlo (BKW), Bethlehem, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BHBL), Cobleskill-Richmondville (CRCS), Duanesburg, Green Island, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS), Schalmont, Schenectady, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Sharon Springs, Shenendehowa, South Colonie and Watervliet.

Students said they enjoy the challenge of competing at a state-wide level.

“It’s stressful, but exciting. It’s teaching me how to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people I don’t know,” said Emily Mickle, a Middleburgh student competing in the Employment Application Process competition.

Taking part in the competition, their program and their home school districts are as follows:

Albany Campus

  1. Zachary Apkarian, Health Knowledge Bowl, Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers, Niskayuna
  2. Elyssa Bailey, Health Knowledge Bowl, Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers, Green Island
  3. Sophia Berlin, Fashion Design, Global Fashion, Bethlehem
  4. Emily Burdikoff, Photography Competition, Digital Media Program, BHBL
  5. Dylan Carl, Welding, Welding & Metal Fabrication, Guilderland
  6. Ian Catarina, Health Knowledge Bowl, Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  7. Giovanni Centra, Action Skills Basic, Cosmetology, South Colonie
  8. Tucker Cherry, Auto Service Technology, Auto Service Technology, Niskayuna
  9. Chloe Colon, Cosmetology Quiz Bowl, Cosmetology, Mohonasen
  10. Robert Conners, Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Tech, RCS
  11. Genevieve Cooper, Culinary Quiz Bowl, Shenendehowa
  12. Madison Davern, Esthetics Model, RCS
  13. Navarah Davis, Culinary Quiz Bowl, Mohonasen
  14. Elijah Edwards, Job Skill Demo, Building Trades, Schenectady
  15. Molly Foote, Cosmetology Quiz Bowl, Cosmetology, Guilderland
  16. Riley Fisher, Nurse Assisting, Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers, Guilderland
  17. Nicole Forbes, Job Interview, Digital Media Design, Duanesburg
  18. Erin Fresn, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Tech, BHBL
  19. Tyler Furgason, Interactive Application Video, Schenectady
  20. Lily Galluccio, Culinary Quiz Bowl, Culinary, Schenectady
  21. Elaina Garmer, Medical Terminology, New Visions: Health Careers, Mohonasen
  22. Oliva Harris, Esthetics, Cosmetology, Mohonasen
  23. Jocelyn Howe, House of Delegates, Global Fashion, Mohonasen
  24. Blae Kinzie, Prepared Speech, Machining and Manufacturing Technology, Mohonasen
  25. Ava Koonz, Nurse Assisting, Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers, South Colonie
  26. Tyler Lloyd, Welding Fabrication, Welding, Schoharie
  27. Caidan Marks, Auto Refinishing Technology, Auto Body Repair, Scotia-Glenville
  28. Kaylee Marrano, Banner Contest, Digital Media Design, Shenendehowa
  29. Remy Marziani, Cosmetology Quiz Bowl, Cosmetology, Guilderland
  30. Brandon Martott, CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Manufacturing and Machining Technology, RCS
  31. Corsignana McCadden, Cosmetology Quiz Bowl, Cosmetology, Scotia-Glenville
  32. Elaina McGrath, Cosmetology Senior, Cosmetology, Bethlehem
  33. Emily Mickle, Employment Application Process, Retail & Vocational Services, Middleburgh
  34. Ethan Morrell, Welding Fabrication, Welding, Schoharie
  35. Reagan Pedinotti, Welding Sculpture, Welding, Schalmont
  36. Demari Perkins, Extemporaneous Speaking, Network Cabling Tech/Smart Home Technology, Watervliet
  37. Sadie Plant, Advertising Design, Digital Media, BKW
  38. Philip Ramos, Collision Repair Technology, Auto Body Repair, Shenendehowa
  39. Pedro “Mateo” Sanchez, Food Prep Basic, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Tech, Guilderland
  40. Cody Sherwood, House of Delegates, Network Cabling Tech/Smart Home Technology, Middleburgh
  41. Clay Smith, Welding Fabrication, Welding, BKW
  42. Jackson Stone, CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Manufacturing and Machining Technology, Guilderland
  43. Ruby Sutphin, Job Skill Demo, Cosmetology, Shenendehowa
  44. Ryan Sweeney, Banner Contest, Digital Media Design, Guilderland
  45. Dane Tatro, Diesel Equipment Technology, Diesel Tech, BHBL
  46. Emily Tice, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Tech, Guilderland
  47. Haley Titus, House of Delegates, Welding & Metal Fabrication, Schoharie
  48. Andrew Trowel, Carpenter Assistant Basic, Carpentry Services, Bethlehem
  49. Vincent Unser, Interactive Application Video, Game Design & Implementation, Schalmont
  50. Brianna Venditti, Health Knowledge Bowl, BHBL
  51. Tessa Venditti, Cos Senior, Cosmetology, BHBL
  52. Chloe Armstrong, Welding Fabrication, Welding, Schoharie
  53. Meka Boncie-Machin, Welding Fabrication, Welding, Scotia-Glenville
  54. Parker Macri, Welding Fabrication, Welding, Voorheesville

Schoharie Campus

  1. Allyson Bates, Cosmetology Senior, Cosmetology, BKW
  2. Michael Bruyette, Culinary Arts, Culinary, CRCS
  3. Jeffrey Caron, CSI, Criminal Justice, BKW
  4. Gracie Chmura, Promotional Bulleting Board, Cosmetology, Duanesburg
  5. Ruby Culletto, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Tech, Sharon Springs
  6. Brianna Galka, Cosmetology Senior, Cosmetology, Schalmont
  7. Rhiannon Islip, CSI, Criminal Justice, Sharon Springs
  8. Kirsten Moran, Customer Service, Criminal Justice, Schalmont
  9. James Mosbey, Promotional Bulletin Board, Construction/Heavy Equipment, BKW
  10. Mason Welch, CSI, Criminal Justice, Duanesburg
  11. Justice Ebert, Precision Heavy Equipment Operations, Construction/Heavy Equipment, Schoharie
  12. Kyle Dafeldecker, Carpentry, Construction/Heavy Equipment, CRCS
  13. Kaitlyn Deminski, Food Prep Basic, Culinary Arts, CRCS
  14. Angelina Depina-Desorbo Cosmetology Junior, Cosmetology, Duanesburg
  15. Trenton Robert, Electrical Construction Wiring, Electrical Trades, Middleburgh
  16. Rhianna Varin, Cosmetology Senior, Cosmetology, Duanesburg

Learn more about SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school and college students. The organization promotes personal and professional growth and offers students the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels. 

Visit the SkillsUSA website for more information about the organization. All Career & Technical Education students are eligible for free membership.