Area Students Compete in 25th Annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference Held at Alfred State

Posted Date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:00pm

Approximately 900 students from Region I Board of Cooperative Education and Services (BOCES) districts, encompassing Western New York and the Southern Tier, competed in the 25th Annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics March 4, 2014, at Alfred State.

The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level at the Oncenter in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June. A postsecondary SkillsUSA state competition will also take place on the Wellsville Campus on Saturday, March 29.

Skills tests ranged from advertising design to welding to restaurant services. Alfred State faculty, staff, and students judged the competitions, and contestants from the following schools attended:

Genesee Valley (Batavia); Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont; Lakeshore/ Carrier Educational Center (Angola); Charles G May Career-Tech Center (Mt. Morris); Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, Coopers Campus (Painted Post); Edison Tech (Rochester); Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) (Fairport); Ellicottville CTE Center; GST BOCES Pauline Bush Campus (Elmira); Harkness Career and Technical Center (Cheektowaga); Hewes Educational Center (Ashville); Kenton Career and Technical Education Center (Tonawanda); LoGuidice Center (Fredonia); Niagara (Sanborn); Olean CTE Center; Orleans Career and Technical Education Center (Medina); WD Ormsby Educational Center (East Aurora); Potter Career and Technical Center (West Seneca); Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Newark); WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center (Spencerport); and GST BOCES, Wildwood Campus (Hornell)

An awards ceremony honored the following winners:

Action Skills

  • Marcus Sample, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Ryan Kelly, Lake Shore/Carrier, 2nd
  • Taylor Pietruszewski, WEMOCO, 3rd

Advertising Design

  • Dereke Winsor, Olean, 1st
  • Bailey Simone, Niagara, 2nd
  • Malachi Norwood, GST Bush, 3rd

Animal Careers

  • Halle Ferstead, Finger Lakes, 1st
  • Amelia Stahowiak, WD Ormsby, 2nd
  • Justin Bulega, WD Ormsby, 3rd

SkillsUSAAuto Body Helper

  • Bruce Martin, Coopers, 1st
  • Kyle Gasbarre, EMCC, 1st
  • Norberto Flores, WEMOCO, 2nd

Auto Service

  • Tim Charlebois, Finger Lakes, 1st
  • Robert Walker, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Riley Plummer, GST Bush, 3rd

Auto Technology

  • Ryan Frawley, EMCC, 1st
  • Cody Bartz, GV Batavia, 2nd
  • Zach Sanderson, Hewes, 3rd

Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • Robert Schimshack, Niagara, 1st
  • Jacob Farmer, Niagara, 1st
  • Gunnar St. Onge, Niagara, 1st
  • Matthew O'Connor, Niagara, 2nd
  • James McAdam, Niagara, 2nd
  • Derrick Orszulak, Niagara, 2nd
  • Colby Habermacher, WEMOCO, 3rd
  • Jamison Mullen, WEMOCO, 3rd
  • Kevin O'Connell, WEMOCO, 3rd

Carpenter's Assistant

  • Rob Moore, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Gage Harrison, Wildwood, 2nd
  • Angelena Leder, Niagara, 3rd


  • Tyler Miller, Wildwood, 1st
  • Aaron Miller, Wildwood, 2nd
  • Sean Quinn, WEMOCO, 3rd

Collision Repair

  • William Melnikow, EMCC, 1st
  • Timothy Wysocki, WD Ormsby, 2nd
  • Brandon Ellis, LoGuidice, 3rd

Commercial Baking

  • Katie Boyce, EMCC, 1st
  • Ariel Johnson, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Jessica Clave, Niagara, 3rd

Computer Maintenance

  • Marcus Lee, Hewes, 1st
  • Austin Buck, Coopers, 2nd
  • Cody Elliot, Lake Shore/Carrier, 3rd


  • Jacob Webster, Hewes, 1st
  • Austin Heschke, Niagara, 2nd
  • Corey Fuller, Niagara, 3rd

Cosmetology Jr.

  • Alanea Drayton, EMCC, 1st
  • Trinity Milliman, Orleans, 2nd
  • Jana Pagano, WD Ormsby, 3rd

Cosmetology Sr.

  • Brooke Stansfield, GST Bush, 1st
  • Gabrielle Davis, GST Bush, 2nd
  • Brianna Alaimo, EMCC, 3rd

CPR/First Aid

  • Alyssa Posner, EMCC, 1st
  • Justin Desabrais, Niagara, 2nd
  • Aaron Mackenzie, Niagara, 3rd

Criminal Justice

  • Shelby Barber, Coopers, 1st
  • Tom Rose, Ellicottville, 2nd
  • Otaysha Townsend, GST Bush, 3rd

Crime Scene Investigation (Three-Person Teams)

  • Finger Lakes, 1st
  • CG May, 2nd
  • WD Ormsby, 3rd

Culinary Arts

  • Phil Hamphries, GST Bush, 1st
  • Kieran Riley, Niagara, 2nd
  • Julie Collins, Coopers, 3rd

Custom Painting & Graphics

  • Jessica Parment, Hewe, 1st
  • Rebecca Bell, Potter, 2nd
  • Katelyn Davies, LoGuidice, 3rd

Diesel Mechanics

  • Luke Anderson, Niagara, 1st
  • Eric Weinheimer, Niagara, 2nd
  • Cody Wick, Niagara, 3rd

Early Childhood

  • Ashley Arsenault, Niagara, 1st
  • Courtney Westberg, Ellicottville, 2nd
  • Alissa Connolly, Orleans, 3rd

Electrical Construction & Wiring

  • Ryan Niedermeir, Potter, 1st
  • Justin Westmoreland, Niagara, 2nd
  • Nick Bliek, Wayne, 3rd

Electronics Technology

  • Andrew Gelyon. Orleans, 1st
  • Brian Borkholder, GV Batavia, 2nd
  • Zach Pigarski, Orleans, 3rd

Employment Application

  • Marlaina Grasso, EMCC, 1st
  • Hallie Hoad, Coopers, 2nd
  • Hailey Born, GST Bush, 3rd

Extemporaneous Speech

  • Brianna Pichey, Niagara, 1st
  • CJ Saindy, EMCC, 2nd
  • Brittany Antoniw, GST Bush, 3rd

Food Prep Assistant

  • Elizabeth Fabiano, EMCC, 1st
  • Jamie Laudero, Niagara, 2nd
  • Molly Groves, WEMOCO, 3rd

Health Knowledge Bowl (Four-Person Teams)

  • Orleans, 1st
  • WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Niagara, 3rd

Job Demo A

  • Teanna Morano, Hewes, 1st
  • Deana Sample-Trumble, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Arthur Renteria, Niagara, 3rd

Job Demo Open

  • Matthania Volmy, Niagara, 1st
  • Caroline Woodward, Harkness, 2nd
  • Lindsay Dingman, Lake Shore/Carrier, 3rd

Job Interview

  • Tamin Martin, Niagara, 1st
  • Frank Dorcely, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Samantha Wendling, Orleans, 3rd


  • Gay Boh, Edison, 1st
  • Connor Clyne, Edison, 2nd
  • Kyle Lacy, Wildwood, 3rd

Nail Tech

  • Angelina Maine, Olean, 1st
  • Gabriella Sanjurjo, Model, 1st
  • Christopher Fuentes, Potter, 2nd
  • Melissa Wirfel, Model, 2nd
  • Brittany Smyth, WD Ormsby, 3rd
  • Sarah Rodriquez, Model, 3rd


  • Lea Polizzi, EMCC, 1st
  • Blanca Burns-Morales, EMCC, 2nd
  • Tyler MacDonald, Belmont, 3rd

Power Equipment

  • Logan Robinson, Wildwood, 1st
  • Jacob Phillips, Coopers, 2nd
  • Mark Frase, WEMOCO, 3rd

Precision Heavy Equipment

  • Connor Rombont, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Graig Lewis, Wildwood, 2nd
  • Kevin Schwartz, Wildwood, 3rd

Precision Machining

  • Nick McIntyre, Hewes, 1st
  • Alex Murphy, Orleans, 2nd
  • Joe Fellenz, Finger Lakes, 3rd

Prepared Speech

  • Megan Smith, WEMOCO, 1st
  • McKenzie Penque, Niagara, 2nd
  • Ashley Bower, Orleans, 3rd

Quiz Bowl (Five-Person Teams)

  • Potter, 1st
  • GV Batavia, 2nd
  • WEMOCO, 3rd

Related Technical Math

  • Wyatt Wolf, Niagara, 1st
  • Tariq Hudson, WEMOCO, 2nd
  • Brittany Nemec, Lake Shore/Carrier, 3rd

Restaurant Services

  • OV Molina, Niagara, 1st
  • Dylan Maychoss, GV Batavia, 2nd
  • Emily Roumpapas, EMCC, 3rd

Small Engines

  • Lewis Benjamin, Wayne, 1st
  • Edward Buchanan, Coopers, 2nd
  • Kevin Kishel, Niagara, 3rd

T-Shirt Design

  • Adena Smith, WEMOCO, 1st
  • Darius Weaver, Edison, 2nd
  • Jitiya king, Edison, 3rd

Technical Drafting

  • Maxwell Poeller, Niagara, 1st
  • Taylor Miller, Ellicottville, 2nd
  • Andrew Weber, Ellicottville, 3rd

SkillsUSATV/Video Production

  • Ryan Hayes, GST Bush 1st
  • Taylor Perez, GST Bush, 1st
  • Zachary Wilber, Olean, 2nd
  • Tess Wolsky, Olean, 2nd
  • Kevin Whitney, Wildwood, 3rd
  • Richard Devine, Wildwood, 3rd


  • Daniel Inman, Wayne, 1st
  • Gary Mullen, Wildwood, 2nd
  • Joshua Buss, LoGuidice, 3rd

In photo above: (Left to right) Alfred State Automotive Trades student judges Ryan Valint and Matt Avino with Genesee Valley BOCES competitor Valerie Stephens.