SkillsUSA Regionals

Nine CTE Students Advance to SkillsUSA States
Posted on 02/16/2024

Congratulations to our 40 CTE students on their performance at last week’s SkillsUSA Regional Meet – and the nine who qualified for the state-level competition this spring!

This year’s MOBOCES team competed in 19 events that allowed them to demonstrate their industry skills and workplace readiness. Team members represented nine area high schools and 12 different CTE programs, and nearly a third of them were juniors.

SkillsUSA is an education-industry partnership that engages students in technical skills competitions and fosters leadership development. More than 60 different contests challenge students to put their career-focused skills training into practice.

More than 900 students from technical high schools and BOCES in the area participated in the regional competition at SUNY Morrisville. Those who finished in the top 3 places of their respective competitions qualify for states, held at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. From there, state winners can qualify for nationals in June. 

The 9 seniors who qualified for states are:

  • Christina Mancuso and Jaycee Navoa (model), VVS, Cosmetology - Nail Care, 1st place
  • Michelle Barlett, Canastota, Graphic Design - Pin Design, 1st place
  • Demetrius Gadwaw, Rome, Graphic Design - Pin Design, 2nd place
  • Kenneth Relyea, Canastota, Giana Simzer, Oneida, and Jack Cross, Stockbridge Valley, all Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation, 3rd place
  • Kylie Watts, VVS, Cosmetology - Customer Service, 3rd place
  • Joseph Pizzuto, Stockbridge Valley, Outdoor Power Equipment - Power Equipment Technology, 3rd place

Our regional competitors

From Camden: Aubrey Corcoran 

From Canastota: Cy Moore, Addison Shirley, Andrew Haddad          

From Chittenango: Edward Geer

From Madison: Adrianna Faber, Malloy Brouillette       

From Morrisville-Eaton: Dylan Syder, Harlee Winn, Felicia Mordus, Ethan Wrigley           

From Oneida: Maura MacDonald, Dominic Fellows, Kyler Kirstein, Rylee Rood, Jaden McCormick, Randy Schenandoah  

From Rome: Lilianna Caro, Phoebe Martinez, Trever Perry, Xayvier Washington, Kemar Cruz, Robert Burke

From Stockbridge Valley: Madison Greene

From VVS: Logan Poppleton, Kaylee Freel, Austin Barker, Zachary Adams, Brenden Genei, Declan McNamara, Grace Lanz