Orange-Ulster BOCES recently sent 32 students to Syracuse, N.Y., to participate in the New York State SkillsUSA competition.
OU-BOCES students participated in competitions including Auto Body, Electrical, Esthetics, Pin Design, Film, and many more. Almost 2,000 students from over 70 different school districts across the state tested their skills in these grueling competitions.
OU-BOCES students Autumn Rena (Cornwall HS) took gold in Pin Design, and Makayla McKelvey (Pine Bush HS) took gold in Esthetics. Lianna Vargas (Chester Academy) was elected as NYS treasurer for SkillsUSA. The OU-BOCES SkillsUSA Chapter earned the Chapter of Excellence Gold award.
Autumn, Makayla and Lianna will be attending the 2022 National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills USA Championships being held in Atlanta on June 20, 2022.
In the Pin Design competition, students presented their pins along with their artwork and participated in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of the design process. Contestants explained how the pin represents their state, its unique qualities and why another SkillsUSA student or adult member would want to wear the pin. Autumn’s pin will be mass-produced and traded at the national conference.
The Esthetics competition assessed skills in basic facial and fantasy makeup application. An emphasis on safety and sanitation was used in all segments of the skill performance areas. Observations during each segment and evaluation of the finished product were considered in the scoring process.
The Chapter of Excellence Program recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. As a chapter’s yearly action plan, the program of work is at the heart of student learning and employability development. By using the Framework as a guide, chapters have a blueprint for creating relevant activities that encourage participation and foster an understanding of student learning attained during each activity.
This conscientious approach gives added meaning to the valuable experience gained by students in the planning, organization and implementation of activities. Most importantly, this approach actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens” on the chapter level.
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industries working together to ensure that America has skilled workers. Skills USA’s mission is to empower its members to become excellent workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. The national organization promotes leadership, lifelong learning and dignity of work. The local chapter focuses on teamwork, character development through skills and competition and community service. Each spring, selected students have the opportunity to compete against other New York State CTE students in their career area.