WARRENSBURG - Three local high school students have won a statewide career skills competition, and they've advanced to national contests in their respective fields of study through BOCES.
Mackenzie Baker, Steven Fish and Emmalee Corlew, all Seniors at Warrensburg High, have won top honors in New York Skills/USA competitions and they are now scheduled to compete at a national level.
The three students are among the 10 top winners from the Southern Adirondack Center operated by Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES in Kingsbury.
The state New York Skills competition, held the weekend of April 15 at the OnCenter in Syracuse, featured career and technical school students vying for prizes and scholarships after winning in regional competitions.
The students from the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs and the Southern Adirondack Center in Hudson Falls went up against students from more than 30 other career and technical schools from around the state.
The winning students, studying for careers as diverse as culinary arts, nursing, graphic design, horticulture, criminal justice and welding, demonstrated their hands-on skills. They were given tasks to complete within a set time. The outcomes were judged by business and industry leaders.
Mackenzie Baker won first place in Medical Assisting, and Emmalee Corlew won second place in Health Occupations Portfolio. Their teacher in the health care field at Myers Center is Barbara Goodspeed.
Steven Fish won first place in Food Preparation Assistant, and his teacher at Myers Center is Matt Young.
The students prepared for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers.
Top state winners will move onto the national competition, planned for June 20 to 25, in Kansas City, Mo.
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence and promoting career training relevant to employers' needs.