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  • Herkimer BOCES students win medals in SkillsUSA state competition

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  • HERKIMER — Five Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES students recently won awards at the 48th SkillsUSA New York Leadership and Skills Championships at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
    Herkimer BOCES student William Christian, a senior of Mount Markham, won first place in motorcycle mechanics and will advance to the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 23 to 27 in Kansas City, Mo.
    A total of 18 Herkimer BOCES students competed in the SkillsUSA state competition — in 13 contests. They were joined by SkillsUSA advisors and Herkimer BOCES instructors Ryan DeMars, Holly Rotundo and Jesse Marosek.
    “They work really hard all year long in learning the curriculum,” Rotundo said in a news release. “This experience just kind of showcases and lets them apply what they’ve learned.”
    The SkillsUSA New York Leadership and Skills Championships took place from April 23 to 25 in Syracuse. During the event, high school students put their career and technical education skills to the test in various competitions.
    Other Herkimer BOCES students who won awards were:
    • Solomon Davies, a senior of West Canada Valley, and Chloe Hartman, a senior of Herkimer, won third place in the team competition of digital cinema photography.
    • Ellen Fargo, a junior of Mount Markham, won third place in cosmetology junior.
    • Rachel Meifert, a senior of Richfield Springs, won second place in advertising design.
    The SkillsUSA competitions highlight students who perform as the “best of the best based on technical and industry standards,” DeMars said.
    “We had a really professional group of kids,” he said in the release.
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