CTE Students Shine at SkillsUSA Competition

May 08, 2018

Two students from Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES proved they have the skills it takes to succeed, when they placed in the New York State SkillsUSA Spring Conference held in Syracuse recently.
Students from across the state competed in various categories, testing their vocational knowledge and skills. They were also judged on their resumes and professionalism.
Sports Medicine student Stephanie Mandelkow, from Hendrick Hudson High School, placed third in the Job Demo Open competition. Medical Assisting student Maryfer Cumbe, from Ossining High School, placed third in the Medical Assisting competition.
“I am so proud of Maryfer’s accomplishments,” said her Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher Maria Pontbriand. “The Medical Assisting competition requires a contestant to truly demonstrate knowledge of the cross-training skills learned in both the clinical and administrative areas of healthcare. Maryfer is an outstanding student and continuously strives to hone her medical assistant skills.”
Said Sports Medicine teacher Will Brightman, “Stephanie Mandelkow has been a standout student all year long. She has taken a leadership role in the class, and her skills in sports medicine are reflective of her work effort and the positive attitude she possesses. We are proud of the accomplishments achieved with all of our students who participated in SkillsUSA.”
SkillsUSA is a nationwide partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The competition helps students hone their skills by enabling them to compete with their peers at the highest level.
Stephanie Mandelkow (left) and Maryfer Cumbe