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Forlenza of McKee HS Wins National Gold at SkillsUSA Information Technology Competition in Kentucky


Justin Forlenza of McKee HS outside the Kentucky Exposition Center


2016 SkillsUSA Gold Medal

Justin Forlenza, a junior from Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School on Staten Island, won the National Gold Medal in the Information Technology Services competition (see below) at the SkillsUSA Championship last week.  The 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-June 24, 2016. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the event. Watch the YouTube video and see the SkillsUSA infographic.


McKee Principal Sharon Henry, medalist Justin Forlenza and Jorge Reynoso, Computer Systems Networking Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor, celebrate.

Justin is currently enrolled in the Computer Systems Networking Program at McKee High School. For winning First Place at the National Competition, he has received a number of prizes, a $10,000 scholarship to Sullivan University plus a number of gift cards. Justin is planning on attending SUNY’s Stony Brook University to study Software Engineering and Computer Science.


The SkillsUSA Contest Description:

Information Technology Services Students identify and correct end-user computing issues and must demonstrate ability to: configure and secure SOHO networks, configure network interfaces, manage client side virtual machines, navigate and modify Windows registry, deploy an operating system to a workstation, use remote assistance software and troubleshooting tools, identify virus and malware origins, understanding of basic security concepts, work with mobile devices, proficiently use commands in Windows, PowerShell, and Linux. Interpersonal skills include interaction with corporate co-workers, IT Consultants and, Consumers. In addition, the contestants are proctored a Comp TIA Certification exam. Their score on this exam is used as the basis for the written portion of the contest.