Ulster BOCES students win at SkillsUSA Regionals

Eight Ulster BOCES students from four local school districts came in first, second and third place during career-specific competitions at a virtual SkillsUSA regional competition that took place March 22 to 25. The students are now qualified to compete at the virtual Area 4 SkillsUSA State Competition scheduled for April 21 to 23. The students excelled in the categories of Internetworking, Internet Services, Job Skill Demonstration Year 1, Trade-Related Math, Prepared Speech, Carpenter’s Assistant and Action Skills Basic. Students from Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Westchester Counties took part in the annual event, which is usually held in person somewhere within the region.

Kudos to the following Ulster BOCES students:

First place

Ulster BOCES Cisco & Cybersecurity student Collin Biegel, from the Saugerties Central School District, came in first in the SkillsUSA Information Technology Services category. Biegel is shown here working on a computer’s hardware.

• CISCO & Cybersecurity student Collin Biegel, from Saugerties High School, who placed first in the Information Technology Services category.

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• Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing student Nicholas Keglovitz, from Wallkill High School, who placed first in the Job Skill Demonstration Year 1 category.

• CISCO & Cybersecurity student Patrick Ruger, from Rondout Valley High School, who placed first in the Internetworking category.

• CISCO & Cybersecurity student Barrington Lewis, from Wallkill High School, who placed first in the Related Technical Math category.

Second place

Cosmetology student Campbell Curcio, from Kingston High School, placed second in the Prepared Speech category.

• Cosmetology student Campbell Curcio, from Kingston High School, who placed second in the Prepared Speech category.

• CISCO & Cybersecurity student Braydon O’Connor, from Rondout Valley High School, who placed second in the Internetworking category.

Third place

• Transitional Occupations Program C student Joshua Santiago, from Rondout Valley High School, who placed third in the Action Skills Basic category.

• Transitional Occupations Program C student Steven Schouten, from Kingston High School, who placed third in the Carpenter’s Assistant Category.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure that the USA has a skilled workforce. With more than 300,000 members, SkillsUSA promotes technical expertise, skills and leadership.

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