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BKW students place at SkillsUSA competition

A contingent from Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School was among a group of 76 students from the Albany and Schoharie campuses of the Capital Region Career and Technical School (CTE) that competed at the SkillsUSA New York State Conference this spring at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Two BKW students placed in their competitions:

- Allison Haller, who also attends the Albany CTE campus, finished second in the Floral Design competition.

- Sabrina Squires, who also attends Schoharie CTE campus, captured third in the Employment Application competition.

BKW student Samantha Flavell was also part of the four-student Quiz Bowl team from the Schoharie campus that made it to the finals.

"We had a great group of competitors," said CTE Director Terry Swett. "I'm proud of each and every one of them. I'd also like to recognize the hard work of our wonderful SkillsUSA advisors: Debbie Toy, Gretchen McDonough, Frank Ando, Greg Restina, Meg Bugler, Brian LaCroix and Lena Herbert from our Albany Campus; and Dave Zafonte, Jacquie Gleckman and Andrea Rea from Schoharie; and Schoharie Principal Denise Capece, who is on the state Board of Trustees for SkillsUSA and is very active as the Area 3 Administrator Trustee."

The students joined more than 2,600 of their peers from schools throughout the state.

Click this link to view photos from the competition on the BOCES Facebook page

SkillsUSA is a national CTE student organization that promotes professional and personal growth and leadership through seminars and workshops, campus activities, community service and competitions. Capital Region BOCES CTE from a wide range of programs competed last week in the state competition, testing their technical and professional skills through hands-on and written contests.