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Springville-Griffith Institute graduate places second, at SkillsUSA Nationals

ALL SET — Springville-Griffith Institute graduate Brandon Bryniarski is shown in the technical drawing area, gearing up for the SkillsUSA competition.


SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute graduate Brandon Bryniarski earned a silver medal in the technical drafting competition at the National SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo. on June 24 – 29.

Bryniarski was also a recent graduate of Project Lead the Way from the Cattaraugus – Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ Ellicottville Career and Technical Education Center.

The student represented New York state against 50 other high school students. Each state, plus Puerto Rico, sent a representative to the competition. The local contestant was accompanied by his BOCES instructor, James Schifley.

Nearly 6,000 career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields at SkillsUSA Nationals. There were 200 competitors from New York state.

The competition occupied more than 16 football fields’ worth of contest space, spread over five downtown Kansas City buildings.

The technical drawing contest evaluated contestants’ preparation for employment and focused on the solution of industry-developed problems, by applying technical drafting skills and tools, including computer-aided drafting.

Bryniarski placed first, two years in a row, at the regional contest, held at Alfred State College.

PROTEGEE — Brandon Bryniarski is pictured with James Schifley, a Project Lead the Way instructor at the Ellicottville Career Tech Center.

He placed second, last year and first, this year, during the NYS contest, earning a spot at the national event.

He recently graduated from the Ellicottville CTE Center and S-GI.

He said that he plans to study electrical engineering at Alfred State College in the fall. That school awarded him an Excellence in Education Scholarship.

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