OHM BOCES students place at SkillsUSA regional competition

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MORRISVILLE — Thirteen Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES students received recognition at this year’s Skills USA Area 2 Regional Competition held at SUNY Morrisville on Friday, Feb. 11.

Competitors demonstrated their talents in a variety of areas including health professions, nursing assistant, criminal justice, culinary arts, and advertising and design.

Seniors Alexandra Ablrecht (Westmoreland), Haley Acevedo (Holland Patent), Alexander Bailey (New Hartford) and Janae Reid (Oriskany) placed first in the Health Knowledge Bowl team event. Individual first-place winners included seniors Hailey Jenkins (Remsen) in Nurse Assisting, Marissya Davis (Holland Patent) in Medical Terminology and John Egresits (Whitesboro) in Criminal Justice.

Seniors Michaela Downs (New York Mills), Hailey Kwiatkowski (New Hartford) and Jonathan Jewett (Remsen) placed second in the Crime Scene Investigation team event. Individual second-place winners included junior Matthew Gromo (Clinton) in Culinary Arts and senior Danielle Mundrick (Sauquoit Valley) in First Aid/CPR.

The OHM BOCES also had one third-place winner, junior Lillian Hirschey (Clinton), in Photography.

“The Skills USA competition allows our students to not only demonstrate their knowledge and competency but also provides them opportunities to collaborate with business and industry partners and network with peers across the region,” said David Stayton, principal of the Career and Technical Education Center. “The regional competition prepares students for the state competition in Syracuse, which will be held in April.”

The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

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