Two Seward students place at SkillsUSA regional competition

Two Seward students were among 11 Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who earned medals at the SkillsUSA Area IV Regional Conference at OU BOCES.

Kyra Falone was part of the team that placed second for Crime Scene Investigation.

Kristen Matuszewski placed second for job skill demo.

Three high school students all dressed in white plastic suits. One girl bends down over a dummy, as if it is a crime scene. The other two stand in the background.
Kyra Falone worked with a team, which placed second in the regional SkillsUSA competition for Crime Scene Investigation. Here she is placing markers at the scene.


Three high school girls stand on a stage. The girl on the left is wearing a red blazer and has dark hair pulled back. The girl in the center has long blonde hair, and is wearing glasses and a dark colored outfit. The girl on the right is wearing a blue shirt and pants. She has long dark hair. There is an American flag on the left and a blue curtain behind them. All are wearing medals on red white and blue ribbons.
Seward’s Kristen Matuszewski, center, took second place in the SkillsUSA Area IV Regional Competition for job skills.

Nearly 200 students from various high schools and BOCES facilities showcased their talents during the competition on March 13. The annual event featured students from technical schools and BOCES programs throughout the Hudson Valley competing in 30 events ranging from advertising design to welding.

A high school girl dressed in white plastic outfit, crouches down to measure something. There is an orange cone in front of her. She is smiling.
Seward’s Kyra Falone measures a crime scene for her CSI activity, part of the Skills USA competition at OU-BOCES.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, educators, and industry working together to create a skilled workforce of the future.  SkillsUSA is a national student organization that teaches leadership and employability skills to help students succeed. The goal is that through involvement in SkillsUSA, students will develop personal, workplace and technical skills that will connect them to career success. SkillsUSA members have the opportunity to compete in their area competition to hone their skills in their journey to the state competition and for the top winners to go to nationals.

Congratulations to all of the medal winners! A special shout-out to Kyra and Kristen!

  • Joseph Adipietro (Pine Bush), first place, Residential Wiring
  • Daniel Carlos (James I. O’Neill), first place, Carpentry
  • Abigail Mant (Valley Central), first place, Advertising & Design
  • MaKayla McKelvey (Pine Bush), first place, Esthetics
  • John Whitbeck (Minisink Valley), first place, Automotive Collision
  • Jason Edwards (Monticello), second place, Criminal Justice
  • Vanessa Godduhn (Valley Central), second place, Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kyra Falone (S.S. Seward), Haley Feerick (Valley Central) and Bryna O’Leary (Washingtonville), second place, Crime Scene Investigation
  • Kristen Matuszewski (S.S. Seward), second place, Job Skill Demo
  • Angela Savino (Marlboro), second place: Advertising & Design
  • Quion Valerio (Pine Bush), third place, Residential Wiring