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TST BOCES Career and Technical Education Students Earn Trophies from NYS SkillsUSA Competition

This will be the first year that TST BOCES Career and Technical Education students have competed in the SkillsUSA competition at the state level, and three student award-winners will be receiving second place trophies.

Adam Howser (Heavy Equipment, Groton) earned second place for Diesel Equipment Technology. Nora Hernandez and Alex Blakely (Digital Media, Newfield) earned second place for Digital Cinema Production.

Forth-nine schools were represented in the NYS SkillsUSA competition with 667 contestants overall. The competitions were virtual, either live streamed or pre-recorded entries. Medal-winners for first, second and third place were recognized during the 54th award ceremony on April 24.

“Our students are amazing,” said NYS SkillsUSA Director Midge McCloskey during the ceremony. “Whether you received a medal today or not, you did your best, stepped out of your comfort zone and performed exceptionally.”

Other TST BOCES SkillsUSA participants were: Sofia Auerrell (Digital Media, LACS) for Advertising Design, Samantha Cargian (Auto Tech, Groton) for Automotive Service Technology), Robert Houston (Heavy Equipment, Groton) for Job Demo Open), Samantha Myers (Culinary Arts, Lansing) for Commercial Baking), AJ Tatusko (Culinary Arts, TST BOCES RAS) for Culinary Arts, Chance Tibbals (Heavy Equipment, Ithaca) for Action Skills, Ryan Fish (Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science, Lansing) for Job Demo A and Jenna Plue (Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science, Ithaca) for assisting in Job Demo A.

“We are so inspired by all of our SkillsUSA student competitors,” said TST BOCES CTE School Counselor Christine Boles. “They continue to amaze us with their resiliency, determination and ability to think outside the box.”

TST BOCES CTE School Counselor Nancy Fish added, “We could not be happier with the students’ determination, commitment and perseverance they displayed throughout the competition.”

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together as a career and technical student organization. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

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TST BOCES career and technical education student Adam Howser (Heavy Equipment, Groton) earns second place at the NYS SkillsUSA competition for Diesel Equipment Technology.

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From left, Nora Hernandez and Alex Blakely (Digital Media, Newfield) earn second place for Digital Cinema Production.