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Recent Cato-Meridian Graduate Places Top Nine in SkillsUSA National Conference

A recent graduate of Cato-Meridian Junior-Senior High School competed in the SkillsUSA National Conference, a series of competition events that showcase the best career and technical education students in the nation. Connor Griffin ('21) competed in the Commercial Baking category, placing in the top nine and contributing to the best results Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES has experienced at the competition.

In the Commercial Baking contest, contestants are challenged to meet production and quality standards expected by industry. The contest includes a written examination and practical exercises. Contestants demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scaling, mixing, preparing and baking seven products. The products include breads, rolls, cookies, pastry and pies. The student must also demonstrate their cake decorating skills. The contestant must work efficiently to produce quality products in a job-like setting.

Griffin qualified for the national competition after he placed first in Commercial Baking at the NYS SkillsUSA Conference in the Spring.