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OCM BOCES students compete and place in New York State SkillsUSA Conference and Competition


The 2016 New York State SkillsUSA conference and competition was held at the Syracuse Fairgrounds from April 27 to 29. Thirty-two students from OCM BOCES qualified to compete in the event and five students took home medals, with one student qualifying for national competition. More than 2,000 Career and Technical Education students from across New York State competed in contests, which include written and performance exams, during the three-day event.












The following OCM BOCES students received top honors in the state competition:
  1. Gretta Allen, OCM BOCES Cosmetology junior from the Cortland Enlarged City
    School District – 3rd place in Esthetics category
  2. Joe Carey, OCM BOCES Culinary Arts junior from the West Genesee Central
    School District – 2nd place Restaurant Service category
  3. Madeleine Medley, OCM BOCES Culinary Arts senior from the North Syracuse
    Central School District – 1st place in Cake Decorating category
  4. Noah Napoli, OCM BOCES Automotive Technology senior from the North Syracuse
    Central School District – 2nd place in Automotive Service Technology category
  5. Shannon Perrotta, OCM BOCES Health Occupations senior from the Baldwinsville
    Central School District – 1st place, state champion, in Medical Math category (qualified for national competition)
The complete list of New York State Skills USA student participants from OCM BOCES follows:

From the Baldwinsville Central School District – Brennan Buitron (Nail Care, model), Zack Clark (Culinary Arts), Allison Haines (Pastry Arts), Michael Lagana (Food Preparation Assistant), Shannon Perrotta (Medical Math)

From the Chittenango Central School District – Maria LaRosa (Nail Care)

From the Cincinnatus Central School District – Tori Bleck (Esthetics, model), Elizabeth Brenchley (First Aid/CPR)

From the Cortland Enlarged City School District – Gretta Allen (Esthetics), Mazey Cornell (Action Skills), Tyesheema Jeffries (Early Childhood Education), Colbie Lockwood (Automotive Collision), Troy Vallese (Welding Fabrication)

From the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District – Kaitlin Saya (Medical Terminology)

From the Fabius-Pompey Central School District – Jeffrey Ashley (Welding Fabrication), Elizabeth Skinner (Extemporaneous Speaking)

From the Homer Central School District – Jeramiah Bush (Welding Fabrication)

From the Marcellus Central School District – Casey Ezzo (Job Demo Open), Isabella Wennberg (Cosmetology, Senior)

From the North Syracuse Central School District – Angelina Butler (Health Knowledge Bowl), Justin Carmona (Automotive Maintenance, Basic), Justin Januszka (Welding Sculpture), Madeleine Medley (Cake Decorating), Noah Napoli (Automotive Service Technology)

From the Solvay Union Free School District – Celena Bowen (Health Knowledge Bowl)

From the West Genesee Central District – Natalie Arnold (Health Knowledge Bowl), Joe Carey (Restaurant Service), Nate Clark (Automotive Collision Repair), Katlyn LaManna (Health Knowledge Bowl), Maddy Maxwell (Esthetics, model), Brianna Vespi (Cosmetology, Junior)

From the Westhill Central School District – Lauren Prince (Esthetics)

Skills USA is a national organization serving teachers and high school/college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The organization provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development and builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.

Pictured above: Shannon Perrotta, OCM BOCES Health Occupations senior from the Baldwinsville Central School District, placed first in the medical math contest of SkillsUSA. She is the state champion and has qualified for the National SkillsUSA competition.


Pictured above: Joe Carey, OCM BOCES Culinary Arts junior from the West Genesee Central School District


Pictured above: Madeleine Medley, OCM BOCES Culinary Arts senior from the North Syracuse Central School District


Pictured above: Noah Napoli, OCM BOCES Automotive Technology senior from the North Syracuse Central School District

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