Updated 04/26/2012 01:58 PM
Students take part in SkillsUSA competition
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Some of the best technical minds in the state battled it out at the New York State Fairgrounds. More than 2,300 high school students made the trip to compete in the SkillsUSA Competition.
The event featured the best technical students in the state competing in their respective trades. Categories included everything from criminal justice to carpentry and cosmetics. The goal of the competition is to get students to think not only technically, but academically as well.
"All the skills they're being asked to apply here are as well being taught in the math class and the English class so they're applying all their skills, not just their technical skills, but they're being asked to apply their academic skills as well," said Katrina Fiorenza, SkillsUSA Conference Manager.
Winners from each of the competitions advanced to the national competition in Kansas City, Missouri.