Ten area high school students earn state medals representing Capital Region BOCES

Ten Capital Region BOCES students won medals during the New York State SkillsUSA competition April 24-26 in Syracuse with two of the recipients earning the right to advance to the national competition.

Jacob Alaimo, a Cosmetology senior from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Central School District, and Liam Pierce, a Network Technology senior from Niskayuna Central School District, won their respective competitions during the three-day event at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Alaimo competed in the barbering competition, and Pierce competed in the internet of things competition.

They earned the right to compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta that takes place in June.

Second place finishers from Capital Region BOCES followed by their program, competition and home school districts are as follows:

      1. Angelo Castro, Welding and Metal Fabrication, welding sculpture, Guilderland Central School District
      2. Kyle Dafeldecker, Heavy Equipment Operation, Maintenance & Repair, carpentry, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District (CRCS)
      3. Carleigh Flanagan, Pet Tech, action skills, South Colonie Central School District
      4. Stephen Noradki, Diesel Tech, diesel, Shenendehowa Central School District

Third place finishers included:

      1. Joseph Berube, Automotive Technology, auto service technology, CRCS
      2. Cody Hosgood, HVAC/R, HVAC, Voorheesville Central School District
      3. Bradley Teller, Culinary Arts, food preparation basic, Shenendehowa Central School District
      4. Isabelle Zeglen, Culinary Arts, restaurant service, Schenectady City School District

Additionally, the Career and Technical Education Center – Albany Campus was awarded a Chapter of Excellence Level II Silver Award.

“I am so excited for the students,” said Debra Toy, a SkillsUSA advisor on the Albany Campus. “It was an awesome competition for them and for Capital Region BOCES.”

Nearly 60 students from 21 area school districts competed in events that showcase their work-related skills during the state competition.

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.