Four students represented the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, their home school districts, and New York State at the SkillsUSA national championships in Kansas City in June after an extremely successful showing at the New York State SkillsUSA Conference in April.
Gregory Hoitink, a senior from Chautauqua Lake High School enrolled in the Motorsports Fabrication/Precision Machining Program at the Hewes Educational Center in Ashville under Instructor Kenneth Latshaw, earned a place at nationals with a first place finish at the state Precision Machining championship, which was held at Alfred State College on March 6.
The students were accompanied by their SkillsUSA advisors - Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Equipment Repair Instructor Nelson Fuller and Teacher Aide Cheryl Fuller from the Ormsby Center, Welding/Metal Fabrication Instructor Kevin Valentine at the LoGuidice Center, and Teaching Assistant Denise Waterman from the Hewes Center.
Other students competed admirably at the state championships. Ripley senior Mackenzie Mencer from the Hewes Center Graphics Technology Program won third place in the Photography competition.