C-R’s Gene Broadwell won his event at the New York State SkillsUSA state championship recently in Syracuse, besting all of the student competitors in the precision heavy equipment competition.
“Gene is a hardworking student who put in many hours of practice in the classroom and on his own to prepare himself for the competition. This shows that hard work and dedication pays off,” said Matt Millard, heavy equipment teacher at the Schoharie CTE campus.
Though Broadwell was the top heavy equipment operator among the 20 students in New York state who won their own regions, he does not advance to the national SkillsUSA competition in Kentucky in June because the event does not occur on a national level, said Denise Capece, executive principal of Capital Region BOCES CTE and a state SkillsUSA officer.
“It was a very successful competition for our students. They all performed well and represented BOCES and their home school districts very well,” Capece added.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students that promotes personal and professional growth and offers them the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels.
The students started competing in January to represent CTE at the state level. The competitions started in their individual programs at CTE and continued in March when students went up against their peers from other BOCES and technical schools