HAMBURG Frontier High School senior Ryan Niedermeier recently took first place in the SkillsUSA electrical construction wiring regional competition and is headed to the state competition.
The SkillsUSA event involved finding different electrical codes and doing a series of timed wiring tasks. Niedermeier beat out 17 students from around the area, to take first place and move on to states. He gained the skills and experience needed for the competition through an introductory class at Frontier High School and then the Erie 1 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services electrical systems program at Potter Career & Technical Center.
I always felt that I knew what I was doing, but it reassured me, Niedermeier said. This was his second year in the SkillsUSA competition. Last year, he placed first in the related technical math skills regional competition and third at the state level. Both placements afforded him scholarship opportunities, including $1,000 per year to attend Penn State.
He earned it; he worked really hard, said John Snyder, Erie 1 BOCES electrical systems teacher.
An internship, part of the BOCES program, and work at Ferguson Electric has helped to supplement Niedermeiers education. In February, he visited four job sites, including HarborCenter and the Buffalo Medical Health Care building. After graduation, he will seek an electrical apprenticeship, he said.
Niedermeier has been on the honor roll at Frontier High School his whole high school career; he also plays varsity baseball. At Potter, in addition to being student of the month twice, he serves as a student ambassador for younger students who are interested in attending one of Erie 1 BOCES 25 career and technical programs. His younger brother Dylan will start in the electrical systems program as a junior, in the fall.
When asked what inspires him, Niedermeier credited his uncle, John Niedermeier Jr., for introducing him and his brother to electrical work and for being a mentor. Ryan Niedermeier has been a volunteer firefighter with the Woodlawn Fire Company for the past two years.
Should Niedermeier win at the state competition in Syracuse, he would move on to the national competition at the end of June in Kansas City, Mo.
Potter is also celebrating the first place accomplishment of its SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl team.
The team of five students included Terrence Brennan, Adam Gibson and Paul Hendra, all from Frontier, as well as James Paulino and Adam Taber from Hamburg.