Students Soar In SkillsUSA Competition

A culinary student wearing a white chefs uniform and hat and a black protective face mask spreads icing on a cake with a spatula in a Capital Region BOCES career and technical school teaching kitchen.
Culinary student Lucia Hingi is one of three Career & Technical School students who will be competing at the Skills USA national competition in June. She earned this opportunity by placing first in the recent statewide Skills USA Job Skills Demonstration competition. “[Preparing for the statewide] competition helped me with my communication and speaking skills. It also helped to strengthen my cake decorating skills,” said Hingi.

Students from across our Career & Technical Education programs had the chance to demonstrate their expertise and job skills during the recent statewide SkillsUSA competition.

Fourteen were ranked among the top four students in their field of study, with three—Nicholas Grock of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BHBL), Lucia Hingi of Shenendehowa, and Breanna Russell of Mohonasen—earning first place honors that advances them to the national competition that will be held virtually from June 14 – 18. There, they will face thousands of peer competitors from around the country to determine the best in their respective trades.

“It made me nervous, but it was fun. I think the competition helped prepare me with my communication and speaking skills. It also helped to strengthen my cake decorating skills,” said Hingi, a Culinary Arts student, took first place in the Job Skills Demonstration competition.

“It showed me that if I can do whatever I want to do if I put my mind to it and have confidence,” added Russell, a Digital Media Design student, who took first place in the Employment Application Process competition.

“The hard work has finally paid off,” said Grock, who took top honors in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition. “I am looking forward to seeing how well I can do at the national level.”

SkillsUSA Statewide Competition Results

Following are the students who placed in the recent statewide SkillsUSA competition, the competition they participated with, their course of study and home school district. 

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

The team of Hunter Bouck from Schoharie, Alli Cater from Middleburgh and Isabele Philipp from Middleburgh, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice

SkillsUSA is a professional organization teaching technical, academic and employability skills that help high school and college students pursue successful careers. Members build these skills through student-led charitable acts, leadership conferences and other activities.