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Nearly 100 Career and Technical Education students from BOCES put their skills and knowledge to the test against fellow students from all across New York State, competing in the NYS SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse April 26-28. In all, 37 students won gold, silver, and bronze medals in 16 different competitions.

Seventy-six students from the Charles H. Bohlen, Jr. Technical Center in Watertown and eighteen students from the Howard G. Sackett Technical Centerin Glenfield took part in the competition. Three of the first place, gold medal winning students will be able to compete at the SkillsUSA Nationals, June 19-23 in Atlanta, GA. They are Penelope Brown from Watertown, Nathan Ward from General Brown, and Matthew Mason from Thousand Islands. All three students attend the Bohlen Technical Center. 

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is a national membership organization serving middle school, high school and college/post-secondary students. Participating students are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.  

Each spring, Career & Technical Education students from across New York State gather to compete against each other in various events involving trade skills, ranging from carpentry to computers. The judges in many of these competitions are those who work in that specific field or trade.  

Below is the complete list of students who won medals at the New York State competition.  

Bohlen Technical Center

1st Place Gold Medal

Job Interview: Penelope Brown (Watertown)

Plumbing: Nathan Ward (General Brown)

Power Equipment Technology: Matthew Mason (Thousand Islands)

Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl: Brystol Branche (General Brown), Payne O’Hara (Indian River), & Geona Wood (General Brown),

Hydronic Heating: James Ososkalo (Sackets Harbor)

2nd Place Silver Medal

Banner Contest: Christelle Lorjuste (Watertown) & Danielle Robinson (South Jefferson)

Extemporaneous Speaking: Abigail Davis (Indian River)

Medical Math: Roslyn Randall (Watertown)

Photography: Owen Faust (Lyme)

3rd Place Bronze Medal

Cosmetology Quiz Bowl: Rachel Draper (Carthage), Rhiannon Dyer (South Jefferson), Kaitlyn Lyndsey (Belleville Henderson), Gianna Soluri (Watertown), & Caitlin Wager (General Brown)

Crime Scene Investigation: Benjamin Bachner (Sackets Harbor), Kendra Marshall (Indian River), & Ryan Rogers (South Jefferson)

Entrepreneurship: Danielle Brumfield (Indian River), Alexander Doan (Watertown), Tayvon Johnson (Watertown), & Dan Peguerra (Alexandria)

Medical Terminology: Logan Rotolo (General Brown)

Quiz Bowl: Mason Burns (Carthage), Chase Gould (South Jefferson), Christina Loeffler (Carthage), Braeden Mushtare (Carthage), Sara Thorp (Sackets Harbor), & Trey Zehr (Lyme)

Welding: Ryan Paluch (South Jefferson)  

Sackett Technical Center

2nd Place Silver Medal

Cosmetology Quiz Bowl: Kaylee Bice (Lowville Academy), Emmalie Kenyon (South Lewis), Natali Meyer (Beaver River), Breia Naperkowski (Adirondack), & Emmalie Waugh (Beaver River).


Bohlen Technical Center SkillsUSA Student Group Shot

Sackett Center SkillsUSA Student Group Shot

About Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) offers cost-effective shared services to 18 component school districts. These services include career and technical education course offerings as well as special education, instructional and administrative support services. BOCES also serves the continuing education needs of local business, labor and industries in the community and offers a wide range of continuing education opportunities for adult learners. Learn more at