Otsego Area Occupational Center cleaned up at the Area II SkillsUSA competition at SUNY Morrisville on Friday.
Thirty-four students made the trip to SUNY Morrisville and 20 of them came home with first, second or third place awards in their respective competitions. There were 18 competitions in which the students participated.
“We’re one of the smallest BOCES in the area and every year we consistently have the highest percentage of winners,” Culinary Instructor Jody Albano said.
The students find it challenging to compete in an environment – and in some cases, using unfamiliar equipment.
“The kids that go get a little nervous,” Albano said.
But in the end, many of them bring home trophies.
“They love it,” Albano said.
SkillsUSA, a student leadership organization, has been a mainstay at both Northern Catskills Occupational Center and Otsego Area Occupational Center.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.
Complete results for Otsego Area Occupational Center include:
Quiz Bowl – Lindsay Brown, Zach France, Noah Hecox, Anthony Birch, Adam Agoglia
Related Technical Math – Ian Bolin
Food Prep – James Winfield
Information Technology Services – Lucas DeMay
Internetworking – Spencer Hall
Related Technical Math – Benji Blacklock
Restaurant Service – Kristen Lansing
Commercial Baking – Justin Gott
Culinary Arts – Lauryn Decker
Cabinet Making – Jordin Manchester
Information Technology Services – Kyle VanWinkler
Internetworking – Jonathan Miller
Nail Care – Michelle Geasey, Camilla Cimko
Restaurant Service – Nikira Grant
Welding – Cameron Kellogg
The state competition is at Syracuse in April. The national competition is in Louisville, Ky.