Students Earn Regional Honors for Career and Technical Skills

First-Place Medalists Advance to State SkillsUSA Competition 

The regional Skills USA competition reinforces the value of technical skills and jobs while allowing area high school students to interact with their peers with similar interests.

Nearly 40 Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students put their skills to the test in everything from heavy equipment operation to heating equipment repair, nursing and more at a regional SkillsUSA competition. 

The annual event allows high school students to showcase their technical knowledge of career and technical education programs. 

Students competed against their peers from Questar III and other BOCES during a spring day filled with events at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) and Stratton Air National Guard Base.

“Congratulations to our competitors. They did a fantastic job and we are very proud of them,” said Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education.

Regional SkillsUSA Medalists

First-place winners and many other medal winners will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition April 25-27, 2018 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Winners of that event will advance to the national competition in Kentucky in June.

Student names are listed, below, along with their competition and home school district. 

First Place

  • Ryan Schenmeyer, auto service technology, Voorheesville
  • Billy Smith, precision heavy equipment, Middleburgh
  • Warren Weaver, carpenter assistant, Scotia-Glenville
  • Abby Grant, commercial baking, Cohoes
  • Danielle DiCaprio, cosmetology, Mohonasen
  • Andrew Masi, diesel equipment technology, Guilderland
  • Gavin Haar, electrical construction wiring, South Colonie
  • Brendon Haack, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, Berne-Knox-Westerelo
  • Thomas Ascenzi, internetworking, Cohoes
  • Maddie Hurley, job interview, Schalmont

Second Place

  • Majira Ambroise, culinary arts, South Colonie
  • Mayanna Hayhurst, nurse assistant, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
  • Tyler Blackman, prepared speech, Shenendehowa
  • Alex Cipperly, precision heavy equipment, Schoharie
  • Zach Lawrence, criminal justice, Duanesburg
  • Devon Ilowiecki (Schoharie), Abigail Patulski (Cobleskill-Richmondville) and Thomas Crescimanno (Middleburgh), crime scene investigation team

Third Place

  • Keith Diamond, action skills, Schoharie
  • Gavin Ogren, carpenter assistant, Guilderland
  • Katelyn Singleman, commercial baking, Mohonasen
  • Joe McIntyre, culinary arts, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
  • Colynn Tubbs, diesel equipment technology, Guilderland
  • John Dolezsar, employment application process, Schenectady
  • Michael Tilison, prepared speech, Mohonasen
  • Ryan Gundermann, extemporaneous speech, Guilderland
  • Dahkeya King, welding, Cobleskill-Richmondville
  • Robert Dorrough, carpentry, Schoharie
  • Toni Waitt, cosmetology, Cobleskill-Richmondville

Fourth Place

  • Ryan Mattimore, auto vehicle maintenance basic, Schalmont
  • Kumar Sukhnandan, collision repair, Schenectady
  • Tara Hoffman, nurse assistant, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
  • Laura DiSorbo, photography, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS)
  • Anthony Jacobs, (Galway) Alison Knauf (Schenectady), Alex Kuzmak (Watervliet), promotional bulletin board team
  • Megan O’Toole, restaurant service, Voorheesville
  • Chris Goodrich, auto service technician, Cobleskill-Richmondville

Fifth Place

  • Angel Ferrand. criminal justice, Shenendehowa
  • Aiden Williams, welding, Niskayuna
  • Anthony Loeber, culinary arts, Cobleskill-Richmondville
  • Selena Garreau, job skill demo, Cobleskill-Richmondville