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Class becomes competition at Barry Tech

Nick Constantkos, 17, of Long Beach welds a

Nick Constantkos, 17, of Long Beach welds a block of metal the same way he'd have to if he was repairing a ship. It's the practical examination for his midterm at Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Educational Center. (Jan. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Students at the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Center in Westbury have more on the line than just a grade this semester.

For the past several years the faculty has used the results of this week’s midterm exams to determine which students will advance to SkillsUSA, a competition of high school students in the performance of skill jobs like plumbing, welding, law enforcement and culinary.

Jesse Faberman, 17, of North Bellmore is a senior at Mepham High School, but he only spends half his day there. He leaves Mepham so he can report to Barry at noon for his criminal justice class. Faberman plans to attend Nassau Community College for criminal justice before applying to the police academy.

Faberman’s midterm Jan. 20 involved a written exam and practical in which he and a classmate roleplayed as police officers making a routine traffic stop. Faberman was required to radio in the stop, run a background check and issue a summons to the driver, who was on her cell phone while driving. He aced his practical.

Principal James Clark said Barry Tech students tend to excel in SkillsUSA competitions.

“We’ve always had national winners, and we have a lot of state winners as well,” he said.

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