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Snyder Takes First in Welding at State Competition

Billy Snyder, a senior at the Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville took first place in welding this past week at the NYS SkillsUSA competition held in Syracuse.  His prize package included a Lincoln Welding tool bag, an auto-darkening welding helmet and a scholarship to Lincoln Welding School.  This first place finish qualifies him to compete at the upcoming National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville Kentucky, June 24-28.  Snyder is in his second year of study at the CTE Center at Ellicottville, where he is enrolled in the Welding/Metal Fabrication program.  He is also a student at Springville-Griffith Institute.

Snyder is shown at center of podium with the second and ghird place finishers in the New York State SkillsUSA Welding Competition.

Snyder qualified for the state competition by finishing third in the Regional SkillsUSA Competition held at Alfred State College on Tuesday, March 4.

The national SkillsUSA competition brings together over 18,000 students to compete in many trade areas.  The experience alone is tremendous.  Here is a link to the Skills USA website with some additional information about the competition . . . https://www.skillsusa.org/events/national-leadership-skills-conference-3/

Mr. Noel Sheehy, Principal of CTE Center at Ellicottville, said, “We shared one other student who qualified to compete nationally.  Jacob Wozniak, a 2012 SGI/CTE graduate, went on to take first place at the National Skills USA competition in Cabinet Making.  Then he placed third at the International Skills USA competition in Saul Paulo Brazil.  He now owns his own cabinet making business."

Jacob Wozniak is shown working in his cabinet making business.