REC/Troy CSD Senior Kira Russell (Left) placed first in NYS for Basic Healthcare Skills at the NYS Skills USA Competition April 24-26 in Syracuse. Averill Park senior, Stephanie Mangene (right) placed third in Nurse Assisting.

For the 15th year, Questar III students have finished in the top three statewide at the NYS Skills USA competition. Last week, Stephanie Mangene, a senior CNA student from Averill Park CSD placed third in Nurse Assistant and Kira Russell, a senior CNA student from Troy CSD placed first in Basic Healthcare Skills. Russell will go on to compete at the National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-28.

Both Mangene and Russell placed in the top five at the regional competition at Schenectady County Community College in March, with Mangene taking second place in Nurse Assisting and Russell taking fourth in Basic Healthcare Skills.

To advance to the state competition, students must place in the top five in their program at the regional competition

CGEC Culinary Arts student Cherish O’Connell (Chatham CSD) competes in the Restaurant Service competition

The SkillsUSA competition, judged by industry professionals, tests technical and professional skills through hands-on and written contests including construction, information technology and welding among others.

17 students from Columbia-Greene Educational Center (CGEC) in Hudson and Rensselaer Educational Center (REC) in Troy competed against more than 2,300 students from 83 trade and technical schools. Over 1,000 industry partners attended the annual event and served as contest chairs and judges.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for high school students enrolled in CTE programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Congratulations to both Questar III students who earned awards at the state competition and to all who competed!

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