Two local students earn first-place honors

JOHNSTOWN — Anna King of Mayfield High School and Meaghan MacDougall of Fonda-Fultonville High School, both digital multimedia and communications students, earned first-place honors at the regional SkillsUSA competition held on March 14 in Scotia and Schenectady.

King competed in the advertising design competition, and MacDougall in photography as students in the Hamilton-Fulton Montgomery Career and Technical Education Center of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

They are two of eight seniors from CTE recently earned honors at the regional SkillsUSA competition.

As a result of their first-place honors, King and MacDougall will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition April 25 to 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Winners of that event will advance to the national competition in Kentucky in June.

The two had to bring portfolios of their work, be interviewed by judges, and produce some impromptu work without previous preparation. Both said they were honored to be nominated for the competition by their teachers and learned from the experience of competing.

King recently had one of her designs accepted by the state Department of Labor as a possible cover for a publication.

Second-place honors at the regional competition went to auto body student Dakota Hollister of Johnstown, who competed in collision repair, and Zachary Ropeter, a computer information technology and networking student from Johnstown, who competed in the internetworking category.

Third-place awards went to Dominic DiScioscia, a computer information technology and networking student from Johnstown, who competed in the internetworking category, and Emily Everest, a digital multimedia and communications student from Johnstown, who competed in photography.

Two students, Makenna Bladek of Fonda-Fultonville and Bradley Sawyer Jr. of Gloversville, also earned fifth-place honors. Bladek is a cosmetology student, who competed in cosmetology, and Sawyer is an auto body student, who competed in collision repair.

The annual SkillsUSA competitions allow high school students enrolled in career and technical programs to showcase the technical knowledge they have developed in their chosen career field.

By Kerry Minor

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