GST BOCES Students Win National SkillsUSA Competition

SYRACUSE, NY (WETM) – GST BOCES Vocational and Technical Education students competed in the New York State SkillsUSA competition held in April in Syracuse, NY.

Students from across the state showcased their skills in their respective career and technical education programs at the state event. Students who place first qualify to compete nationally in Atlanta, GA in June.

The SkillsUSA Wildwood Chapter earned a Gold level of distinction for the fourth consecutive year, based on how chapter officers plan, organize, and implement chapter activities that develop character and apply personal, professional, and SkillsUSA framework techniques.

A new Chapter Travel Excellence Award was introduced this year, and the Wildwood Campus Chapter was the first recipient. This award is given for being the highest scoring Chapter in the New York State Chapter of Excellence program. The CEP recognizes the accomplishments in integrating the SkillsUSA framework into the Chapter’s work program of activities.

The GST winners were:

Bush Education Center, Elmira

2nd Place: Welding Manufacturing Team

Andrew VanPatten (welding and metal fabrication/horseheads)

Ben Hutcheson (Welding and Metal Fabrication/Horseheads)

Otto Hohle (welding and metal fabrication/Watkins Glen)

2nd place: Team Teamwork

Jack Skelly (building construction/horse heads)

Jacob Menzi (building construction/horse heads)

Ayden Tito (building construction/horse heads)

William Lotocky (building construction/horseheads)

Coopers Education Center, Coopers Plains

1st place: Welding

Triston Smith (welding and machine trades/post painted by Corning)

1st place: Carpentry

Ryan Updyke (Building Construction/Corning Painted Pole)

2nd place: CNC milling

Jace Gardner (welding and machine trades/Campbell-Savona)

2nd place: Basic healthcare skills

Sara Bilby (nursing assistant / Corning painted station)

2nd Place: Small Engine Service

Kaden Neilson (Heavy Equipment/Corning Painted Pole)

3rd Place: Collision Damage Assessment

Brady Smithmen (body repair/corning painted pole)

3rd place: Masonry

Ethan Hurd (Building Construction/Corning Paint Post)

Wildwood Education Center, Hornell

1st place: Diesel equipment technology

Brock Miles (Heavy Equipment/Jasper-Troupsburg)

1st place: Heavy Precision Equipment

Kaden Haight (heavy equipment/bath)

3rd place: Team Teamwork

Josiah Stilson (Building Construction/Lawyer)

Cole Sherer (Building Construction/Jasper-Troupsburg)

Maddux Schwartz (Building/Canisteo-Greenwood)

Hunter McCaffery (Building Construction/Canisteo-Greenwood)