Several students at BOCES programs that are based in Verona and New Hartford were among top-three finishers in various categories at the recent SkillsUSA Area II Regional Competition at Morrisville State College.
SkillsUSA is an education-industry partnership that engages students in technical skills competitions and fosters leadership development.
• Madison-Oneida BOCES, based in Verona, said 10 CTE (Career and Technical Education) students earned top-three places and are now eligible for the statewide competition in April.
The students, representing six competitions and four CTE programs, and their school districts: Grant Mair, Oneida, auto service technology; Cavan Woodcock, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, auto vehicle maintenance basic; Zachary Coleman, Oneida, carpentry; Nicole Gartrell, VVS, Madison Newton, Morrisville-Eaton, Hannah Barringer, Rome,and Mayara Cantao, VVS, all from the health knowledge bowl competition; Casey Griffin, Morrisville-Eaton, motorcycle service technology; Marshall Rosenthal, Morrisville-Eaton, and Dominic Stith, Hamilton, both small engine repair.
Among school districts served by Madison-Oneida BOCES’ programs and services: Rome, Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville, Oneida, Stockbridge Valley and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
• Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES, based in New Hartford, noted five students who finished in the top three. Among the students and their school districts:
Samantha Canarelli, Sauquoit Valley, second in photography; Ariel Difo, Utica, third in masonry; Tori Ambrosi, Whitesboro, plus Felicia Cesari and Colin Krager, both Oriskany, third in crime scene investigation.
The competition overall involved about 900 students from about 18 high schools and BOCES facilities, participating in more than 60 events.
“The Skills USA competition allows our students to not only demonstrate their knowledge and competency but also provides them opportunities to collaborate with business and industry partners and network with peers across the region,” said David Stayton, principal of the Career and Technical Education Center at OHM BOCES. “The regional competition prepares students for the state competition in Syracuse, which will take place in April.”
Among districts served by OHM BOCES: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.