Derek Barnes (a Little Falls student in the Herkimer BOCES Building Construction program) won Third Place in Carpentry during the SkillsUSA New York Area II Regional Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Morrisville.

Derek Barnes (a Little Falls student in the Herkimer BOCES Building Construction program) won Third Place in Carpentry during the SkillsUSA New York Area II Regional Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Morrisville.

Eight Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Career and Technical Education students placed during the SkillsUSA New York Area II Regional Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Morrisville.

Herkimer BOCES sent about 50 students to the regional competition. Herkimer BOCES SkillsUSA advisors Holly Rotundo Fischer and Sarah Jacquays-Alberts said the competition is a valuable experience for CTE students, boosts their confidence and makes them realize what they’re capable of. Participating also pushes students outside of their comfort zone, helps them make connections in their industries and gives them an edge when applying for jobs, they said.

The following is a list of Herkimer BOCES students who placed during the regional competition:

  • Kaylee Lynch (a Dolgeville student in the Herkimer BOCES Cosmetology program): First Place in Senior Cosmetology
  • Elijah Assisi (a Mount Markham student in the Herkimer BOCES Power Sports & Agricultural Mechanics program): Second Place in Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Derek Barnes (a Little Falls student in the Herkimer BOCES Building Construction program): Third Place in Carpentry
  • Steven Lewosko Jr. (a Mount Markham student in the Herkimer BOCES Power Sports & Agricultural Mechanics program): Second Place in Power Equipment Technology
  • Pace Ludwig (a Central Valley student in the Herkimer BOCES Heavy Equipment Repair Operations program): Second Place in Diesel Equipment Tech
  • Madison Perry (a West Canada Valley student in the Herkimer BOCES Cosmetology program): Third Place in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • McKenzie Schuster (a West Canada Valley student in the Herkimer BOCES Cosmetology program): Second Place in Customer Service
  • Courtney White (a Central Valley student in the Herkimer BOCES Cosmetology program): Second Place in Senior Cosmetology