BOCES Students Take First Place at SkillsUSA States Competition

April 30, 2019

Three Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from PNW BOCES took home the top prize in the state SkillsUSA competition held recently in Syracuse.
Kayla Tobias (Yorktown) and Grace Romer (Walter Panas) took home first place in the Television/Video Production competition, and Briana Lux (Somers), took home first place in the Medical Assisting competition. Third place honors went to Erica Andre (Hendrick Hudson) for First Aid/CPR.
BOCES’ CTE teachers Liz Marques and Aaron Armisto (TV/Video Production), Maria Pontbriand (Medical Assisting) and Veronica Farlow (First Aid/CPR) said they are proud of the hard work and many hours outside of the classroom that their students put into the competitions.
“I am very proud of Kayla and Grace,” said Marques. “They make a great team and are wonderful to work with. I am very excited for them having the opportunity to represent New York State at the Nationals.” Armisto agreed. “I am looking forward to seeing what they can do at nationals.”
Pontbriand said she is not surprised by her student’s success. “Brianna is bright, articulate, and determined to excel in the medical field. Her recognition as the first place winner for Medical Assistant is further evidence of that. It is my privilege to have had her as a student in my program for the past two years.”
The first place winners will head to Kentucky to compete at the national level representing New York State. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The competitions foster that mission.
From left: Grace Romer, Erica Andre, Kayla Tobias & Brianna Lux