Local students perform exceptionally at Area 1 SkillsUSA regional competitions

High school students from northern Chautauqua and southern Erie County who attend Career & Technical Education Programs at the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Catta-raugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center in Fredonia and the Carrier Educational Center in Angola performed exceptionally at the recent SkillsUSA Area 1 Regional Conference at Alfred State College.

Despite fierce competition from students throughout the greater western New York region, local students won first, second, or third place in their respective competitions, demonstrating their professionalism, skill, and expertise.

Sean Burke from Gowanda High School won first place in the Welding Competition. Burke studies Welding/Metal Fabrication at the LoGuidice Center with instructor Kevin Valentine.

Desiree Kennedy from North Collins High School won second place in the Action Skills Competition. Kennedy studies Small Animal Science at the Carrier Center with instructor Todd Erickson.

Chelsea Babcock from Westfield Academy won second place in the Culinary Competition. Babcock studies Culinary Arts at the LoGuidice Center with instructor David Caccamise.

Katelyn Davies from Westfield Academy won second place in the Job Demo (Open) Competition. Davies studies Automotive Body Repair at the LoGuidice Center with Instructor Randy Zahm.

Dominick LeMoine from Pine Valley High School won third place in the Collision Repair competition. LeMoine also studies Automotive Body Repair at the LoGuidice Center with Zahm.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes academic excellence and professionalism among high school students enrolled in career and technical education programs such as those offered by the E2CC BOCES.