Keira Baitsholt (left) finished in second place in the statewide competition. This is her second year of finishing in the top two.

On April 28, career and technical education (CTE) students from Columbia-Greene Educational Center and Rensselaer Educational Center attended the SkillsUSA NYS competition at the Empire Expo Center in Syracuse.  

Each trade was represented in the competition, with contests in automotive repair, culinary arts and cosmetology, among others. The annual competition tests job-related and technical skills and is judged by industry professionals. Competitions were also held for related technical math, job skill demonstration and prepared speech. 

Congratulations to all Questar III students who participated in the competition!  

Columbia-Greene Educational Center, Hudson 

Second Place 

  • Keira Baitsholts (Greenville) – HVAC  

Mark Monthie and Jillian Hogle

Rensselaer Educational Center, Troy 

Second Place 

  • Jillian Hogle (Averill Park) – Nursing Assistant 

Third Place 

  • Mark Monthie (East Greenbush) – Heavy Equipment 

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.  

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