LAS VEGAS - Recently graduated woodworking student Jacob Wozniak from New York has been chosen to represent the United States at the 2015 WorldSkills international cabinetmaking competition to be held in Brazil.
Wozniak won the right to compete in the international event following his win in qualifying trials held during the AWFS Fair 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.
Wozniak received his award in an event emceed by PBS talk show host Tommy Mac for his cabinet work in the qualifying round held at the fair. Wozniak not only wins the right to represent the U.S. in an international contest, he also wins over $5,000 in woodworking equipment donated by Woodcraft and others.
Wozniak, who last year graduated from Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES, a consortium of technical schools in southwestern New York State. He now works at a cabinet shop along with making cabinets for his own clients. His nickname is Gramps because of his dedication to his craft at the expense of partaking in typical activities for a young man.
First runner up is Brett Sidesinger, a student at Washburn Technical Institute in Topeka, KS and second runner up is Caleb Floyd from Warner Robins High School in Kathleen, GA.