Students Shine At Regional SkillsUSA Competition

Criminal Justice students Breanna Powell, Chloe-Jean "CJ" Thomas and Erin Haugh stand shoulder to shoulder and pose for the camera after winning first place in the 2022 Regional Skills USA competion. All are wearing red SkillsUSA blazers, white shirts and black jeans.
Congratulation to our students! Criminal Justice students Breanna Powell, Chloe-Jean “CJ” Thomas and Erin Haugh were first place finishers in the 2022 Regional Skills USA competition.

Nearly two dozen Career & Technical Education students showed in-depth knowledge of the skilled trades and earned medals at the regional SkillsUSA competition Wednesday, March 16.

The students showed expertise in such diverse areas as carpentry, commercial baking, diesel engine repair and networking. They competed against their peers from Questar III and other BOCES during a day filled with events at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) and Stratton Air National Guard Base.

The six first-place winners and many of the other medal winners in this competition will now advance to the state SkillsUSA competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, April 27-29, 2022. Winners of that event will advance to the national competition in Kentucky in June.

“Congratulations to our scholars at the area SkillsUSA Competition. They all did a fantastic job and we are very proud of them,” said Shelette Pleat, principal of the Career and Technical Education Albany Campus and a regional SkillsUSA administrator.

Pleat went on to encourage the students to take pride in all they do.

“Be proud of the work you have done and be proud of the skills you have earned that have brought you here,” she said.

Headed To The State SkillsUSA Competition

Students said they are looking forward to the state competition.

“I am looking forward to doing it again and winning (again), said Chloe-Jean “CJ” Thomas, a Criminal Justice student from Middleburgh whose team won the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) competition.

“It’s fun to see how well you do against others with the same interest,” said Zach York of Cobleskill-Richmondville (CRCS), who took first place in the welding and metal fabrication contest.

2022 SkillsUSA Competition Medalists

This year’s regional SkillsUSA medalists, their home school district and the competition they placed in are as follows:

First Place

  • Elaina McGrath, Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Bethlehem
  • Tom Rodick, Prepared Speech, Network Cabling-Smart Home Technology, Shenendehowa
  • Zach Yorke, Welding, Welding, CRCS
  • The team of Breanna Powell, Sharon Springs, Chloe-Jean “CJ” Thomas, Middleburgh and Erin Haugh, Cobleskill-Richmondville, CSI, Criminal Justice.

Second Place

  • Matthew Bellinger, Action Skills Basic, Pet Tech, Shenendehowa 
  • Brody Below, Auto Vehicle Maintenance, Automotive Trades, Guilderland
  • Jocelyn Howe, Job Interview, Global Fashion Studies, Mohonasen
  • Chris Piccini, Welding, Welding, Voorheesville
  • Ciara Savel, Commercial Baking, Culinary, Schoharie
  • Madison Westerman, Criminal Justice, Speaking, Sharon Springs

Third Place

  • Woudener Clement, Carpentry Assistant, Carpentry Services, South Colonie
  • Ryan Hobart, Welding, Welding,  Mohonasen
  • Emily Tice, Commercial Baking, Culinary, Guilderland
  • Carlie Tucker, Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts, Shenendehowa

Fourth Place

Ashlyn Knapp, Job Skill Demo, Pet Tech, South Colonie

Fifth Place

  • Jade Ocampo, Commercial Baking, Culinary, Shenendehowa
  • Ariana Valle,  Cosmetology, Cosmetology, , Shenendehowa
  • The team of Mason Welch, Duanesburg, Rhiannon Isip, Sharon Springs and Jeff Caron, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, CSI, Criminal Justice