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Cato-Meridian Students earn Scholarships through CTE Programs

For participating in the regional technical competition, three Cato-Meridian High School students recently received scholarship opportunities from one of the top technical colleges in the country.
Students Cody Manitta, Lucas Sawyer and Austin Goodwin each received scholarships from Ohio Technical College for participating in the Regional SkillsUSA competition, which is offered through their career and technical education programs at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.
Manitta (Auto Body) and Sawyer (Outdoor Power Technology) each received $500 participation scholarships. Goodwin (Heavy Equipment) received a $3,500 scholarship for finishing in second place in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition at the SkillsUSA regionals.
Goodwin will go on the represent Cato-Meridian at the state-wide SkillsUSA competition, where he hopes to finish high and take it even a step further.
“It meant a lot to take second-place in regionals. The goal now is to study hard and finish first in the state, so I can then head to Louisville, Kentucky for the country-wide SkillsUSA,” said Goodwin.
Goodwin described his Heavy Equipment program at BOCES as a “fun challenge,” and hopes to follow in his older brother’s footsteps as it relates to SkillsUSA success.
“My brother went to the country-wide SkillsUSA a few years ago and finished fourteenth in the country,” said Goodwin. “So, I want to beat that.”

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