O/N BOCES students take gold at state skills championship

Photos courtesy of Orleans/Niagara BOCES: These students won the gold award for crime scene investigation. Pictured includes, from left: teacher Gene Newman, Gabrielle Rosenbeck (Newfane), Shianne Beauman (Royalton-Hartland) and Sahara Holland (Barker).

Staff Reports Posted 30 April 2024 at 3:35 pm

MEDINA – Orleans/Niagara BOCES students brought home many medals at the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships last week in Syracuse.

It was an incredible opportunity for students to showcase their talents and skills as they competed against other career and technical education students from across the state and participated in leadership workshops.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Their mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Gold medalists have the option of competing at the national level at the world’s largest gathering of America’s future skilled workforce in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of June.

The four students in center won first place in the Health Knowledge Bowl. They include Layne Hodgins – Medina, Brookelyn Nawotka – Medina, Kiran Lennox – Albion and Grace Walker – Roy-Hart.

Students at the Orleans Career Technical Education Center in Medina who placed in the top three include:

  • Austin Gardner of Lyndonville, Gold, Electronics Technology in the Electricity/Electronics program
  • Dakota Gilhousen of Lockport, Gold, CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer in the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering program
  • Madison Davis of Lyndonville, Gold, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio in the Allied Health program
  • Grace Walker of Roy-Hart, Layne Hodgins of Medina, Kiran Lennox of Albion and Brooklyn Nawotka of Medina, Gold, Health Knowledge Bowl in Allied Health program
  • Gabrielle Rosenbeck of Newfane, Sahara Holland of Barker, and Shianne Beauman of Roy-Hart, Gold, Crime Scene Investigation in Security & Law Enforcement program

  • Javier Hamilton of Lockport, Silver, Technical Drafting in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering program
  • Caleb Joseph of Newfane, Silver, Technical Computer Applications in Computer Technology program
  • Kelsey Lemoi of Medina, Silver in Basic Health Care Skills in Allied Health program
  • Garrett Armenia of Roy-Hart, Silver, Internet of Things in Computer Technology program
  • Charlie LaGreca of Barker, Silver,  HVAC and Refrigeration. He is in the HVAC and Refrigeration program which is held at the Niagara site for BOCES.

  • Sam Bruning of Roy-Hart, Riley Bloomingdale of Roy-Hart & Andrew Kimball of Newfane, Bronze, Advanced Manufacturing Technology in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering program.

  • Abigayle Wright from Medina also will represent OCTEC as a New York State SkillsUSA Officer. Her position will be determined at National SkillsUSA Championship.

These students from Lyndonville won gold at the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships. Austin Gardner, left, took first in Electronics Technology while Madison Davis was tops for Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.