William Floyd High School senior Cassandra Negron, a student in the William Floyd High School Hospitality Services Academy culinary arts program, won first place in the “Culinary Arts” category at the 2018 SkillsUSA New York Leadership Conference and Skills Championship held in late April in Syracuse, NY. With this victory, she has qualified to compete in the National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in late June. She also received a $1,000 prize from Johnson & Wales University, where she has already been accepted to attend beginning in the fall of 2018. Cassandra was also part of the award-winning William Floyd High School Culinary Arts team that earned the title of “Grand Champions” at the “Cook Around the World” competition.
Additionally, Charlize Gonzalez, a student in the William Floyd High School Cosmetology Academy, achieved a second-place finish in the competition’s “Cosmetology” category. Both Cassandra and Charlize placed in the top two in the 2018 SkillsUSA Region VI (Long Island) Competition in March; and both previously competed in the SkillsUSA State competition in 2017.
Congratulations to the students, their teachers Rich Daly, Hospitality Services Academy, and Wendy Joyce, Cosmetology; as well as teaching assistants, Wendy Waldron, Hospitality Services Academy, and Annie Bopp, Cosmetology.