Willsboro senior Lee Sloper, center, during the SkillsUSA awards ceremony in the small engine category. Sloper will advance to Kansas City to compete at the national competition.
Kansas City, here Lee comes.
Lee Sloper, a senior at Willsboro Central School and a member of the CV-TEC small engineering program, earned a trip to the national SkillsUSA competition to be held in Kansas City June 24-25 by placing first at the New York State competition, recently held in Syracuse.
“The first day we had a technical written test and then had to do hands-on testing,” Sloper said. “I personally didn’t think I had a great day. There were a couple of things I felt good about and a couple of things I felt I could have done better. It was more shocking than anything when they announced the winner. I was getting out of my seat and had to make sure that I had heard them right when they called my name.”
Sloper was one of 27 CV-TEC students who were part of the competition, which hosted over 2,000 students in various fields.
“We are really proud of him,” Willsboro Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. “This opened up some opportunities that were not on the horizon before.”
Along with the trip to nationals, Sloper received several scholarship offers from technical schools and universities from across the nation.
“He has blossomed and really shown his knowledge and expertise,” Broadwell said. “He gets the chance to learn the technical piece of the program and then gets a chance to apply it in real life.”
For Sloper, his senior year is his first in the CV-TEC program, which he became interested in based on his background.
“I had gotten a dirt bike a couple of years ago and I like to work on it,” he said. “The more I did, the more I got into it.”
Sloper said that the class includes working on projects from a Victory Motorcycle to any repairs that people may bring to the class for them to gain experience with.
SkillsUSA is a student leadership organization for students training in trade, industrial and health occupations. CV-TEC students participated in career and technical education competitions focusing on their particular trade area and in leadership competitions including Job Interview and Promotional Bulletin Board.
Overall, six CV-TEC students were presented with medals at the competition.
“I would like to thank the Board of Education and our administration for their continued support of SkillsUSA, and our amazing instructors for doing such a wonderful job preparing our students for this event,” Sherry Snow Business Teacher, CV-TEC and Co-Lead Advisor, SkillsUSA, said. “Many thanks also goes to the SkillsUSA advisor team which consisted of Lori Ducharme, Betsy Morrow, Mark Brown, Michael Guillette, and Dana Grant; your dedication to our students and organization was very much appreciated, and made the trip an outstanding success.”