CiTi Student Earns Gold at NY SkillsUSA

More than 60 Career & Technical Education students from the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation recently competed at the state-wide SkillsUSA Competition, including one student who punched her ticket to nationals with a first-place finish.

Kaitlyn Spier, a senior from Central Square High School, took first-place in the Nursing Assistant competition and will represent CiTi BOCES in Louisville, KY for the National SkillsUSA contest.

“Oh, my goodness, I’m going to Kentucky,” said Spier after receiving her gold medal and championship pennant. “I just want to thank my instructors and classmates for pushing me to come to SkillsUSA.”

Nursing Assistant instructor Julie Warren said she is proud to have had a part in Spier’s education and success and looks forward to seeing what she can do at the national competition, as well as with her future.

“Kaitlyn is an amazing young lady who will have a very bright future in healthcare,” said Warren.

Fulton High School students Elias Dahar (Internetworking), and Jacob Parkhurst (Diesel Equipment), both took second-place in their respective competitions. APW student Matthew Vincent took third-place in Collision Damage Appraisal.

SkillsUSA Advisor Ryan Wood said he is proud of each CiTi student that participated in the state-wide competition, noting the experience as a strong learning opportunity for next year.

“The students did an amazing job. They were so dedicated this year,” said Wood. “We’re going to use this as a learning experience and come back even stronger.”

The SkillsUSA National Competition is scheduled for June 22 in Louisville, KY. According to its website, SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education.

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