Front row L to R: Mike Robbins (RFA), Amy Brazie (Camden), and Krista Wolfe (RFA). Back row L to R: Katrina Dutcher (RFA), Gina Gaetano (RFA), Cailee McWilliams (VVS), Carrie Somers (Canastota) and Emily Tallman (Camden).

Students Place First in State Skills USA

Eight Madison-Oneida BOCES students took first place in the Annual Skills USA New York State Career and Technical Education Competitions in Syracuse on April 14. The students are to be highly commended for placing 1st in the State in their respective skill areas.

As a result, the eight students are now eligible to compete in the National Skills USA Competition which be held on June 24, 2010 in Kansas City, MO.

Students who earned top honors in New York State from the Madison-Oneida BOCES included the Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl Team which was comprised of the following Licensed Practical Nursing students: Emily Tallman (Camden), Carrie Somers (Canastota), Cailee McWilliams (VVS), and Krista Wolfe (RFA). TV Video Production students: Gina Gaetano (RFA), and Amy Brazie (Camden). Technical Computer Application student: Katrina Dutcher (RFA) and Motorcycle Service Technology student: Mike Robbins (RFA).

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to help students excel and ensure that America has a skilled work force. The partnership serves more than 280,000 students and instructors annually, holding a total of 13,000 school chapters in 54 states and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of Skills USA as well.

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