Seven ONC BOCES students – including three from Cooperstown Central School District – won spots in the SkillsUSA National championships after nailing first places finishes at the state championship in Syracuse last week.
The efforts capped a successful SkillsUSA run for two dozen ONC BOCES students who qualified for the state event – at least for now.
The first place finishers in Mobile Robotics; Related Technical Math; and Quiz Bowl have a shot at being the top SkillsUSA competitors in the country at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Ky. next month.
Benji Blacklock and Adam Agoglia, both of Oneonta City School District, took first place as a team competing in Mobile Robotics. Ian Bolin of Edmeston Central School figured his way to first place in Related Technical Math. The Quiz Bowl team of Austin Plows, of Edmeston, and Anthony Birch, Noah Hecox and Lindsay Brown, all from Cooperstown CSD, bested the competition with consistent correct answers.
All seven students are in the New Visions Engineering Program at Otsego Area Occupational Center. Twenty-four students from OAOC and NCOC representing a range of Career and Technical Education programs qualified to compete at the state championship by placing at the Area II SkillsUSA competition at SUNY Morrisville in February. The state championships ran from Wednesday until Friday last week.
“It was kind of overwhelming because there are couple thousand people in the opening and closing ceremonies,” said Lindsay Brown, who is a senior. “We are super excited to go to nationals.”
Brown said towards the end of the competition, the Quiz Bowl team buckled down and found a sense of determination to win it. The key was putting in a lengthy run of consistent, solid answers.
The SkillsUSA students pay their own way for the competitions through fundraisers they hold throughout the school year. They are accompanied by several instructors from ONC BOCES.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.