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Fourteen students from a number of different career and technical programs at the SWBOCES Center for Career Services in Valhalla came away with top honors after competing in the Regional SkillsUSA competition held Jan. 19 at Rockland Community College.
Of the 14 medaled winners, two received first place, nine received second place and three placed third. The first-place winners are eligible to compete at the national level later this year.
The students who took home honors include the following:
Cosmetology Program – Julianna Portante, Eastchester High School, first place; Cindy Zuna, Pleasantville High School, second place.
Culinary Arts Program – Nicholas Scott, Rye Neck High School, third place.
Electrical Construction – Ulises Arenas, New Rochelle High School, third place; Richard Puleo, Mamaroneck High School, second place.
Emergency Services Program – Louis DeSanctis, Rye Neck High School, third place.
Pre-Engineering Program – Katiana Michalki, Eastchester High School, second place.
Security, Law & Policing Program – Robert DiFeo, Valhalla High School, first place; Jose Franco, New Rochelle High School, second place; Constance Goldsmith, New Rochelle High School, second place; Gabriel Hernandez, New Rochelle High School, second place; Addy Velez, New Rochelle High School, second place.
TV/Video Production Program – Vincent Reyes, New Rochelle High School, second place; Darren Tripicchio, Harrison High School, second place.
The competition is just one of several SkillsUSA contests held across the country that test students’ technical and leadership skills in various industries. The non-profit serves students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.