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Salem Students Excel in SkillsUSA Competitions

Payten and Lucas
Two students from Salem Washington Academy who participate in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls recently excelled in SkillsUSA competitions, which included both written examinations and practical exercises.
Senior Lucas Martindale competed in the SkillsUSA Regional competition for Carpentry. The contest assessed accuracy, workmanship, the ability to read and interpret blueprints, and the proper use of tools and equipment. Lucas placed third and won a DeWalt Drill.   
Payten Williams, an 11th grader, won the Local SkillsUSA Culinary Baking Competition in February and qualified for the Regional SkillsUSA Competition on March 16, 2022. During the Regional competition, she had to demonstrate her knowledge and skills in baking through scaling, mixing, preparing, and baking several products. Payten won first place in a field of over 25 competitors, received a $1,000 scholarship to a SUNY school, and earned the chance to compete in the NYS SkillsUSA Championships at the Syracuse Fairgrounds April 27-29, 2022. She is very excited to represent Salem Central School District and the BOCES Culinary Arts Program in this event.
Every year, CTE students compete in local SkillsUSA competitions at the F. Donald Myers and Southern Adirondack Education Centers in order to earn the chance to compete in the SkillsUSA Regional, New York State, and National competitions. WSWHE BOCES is one of the top New York schools in terms of medal counts at the SkillsUSA State Championships. 

Each competition measures a student’s hands-on skills in his or her chosen field of study, including nursing, baking, welding, auto repair, and carpentry, as well as interviewing for jobs and public speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set timeframe. Business and industry leaders judge the competitions. Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers, and the prizes are well worth the effort. Some students receive scholarships and awards as a result of their exceptional performance in a competition.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.To learn more, click here.