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Eastern Ontario Skilz Competition
Eastern Ontario Skilz Competition
Posted on 03/02/2015

UCDSB Students Get a Taste of the Trades
at Eastern Ontario Skilz Competition

(Pictured above: Students from all across the Upper Canada District School Board showed their skills in the trades Tuesday during the Eastern Ontario Skilz Competition in Cornwall. Pictured, left to right, competing in the two-man carpentry event are Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School students Nick Powell and Connor Sosnowski.)

By Mark Calder

(Cornwall) – Three hundred students from across eastern Ontario got a taste of the trades Tuesday at the 2016 Eastern Ontario Skilz Competition at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall.

Students competed in judged events testing their abilities in 16 different trades ranging from welding to photography.

“The competition provides a fun way for our students to highlight the skills they’ve learned in our high schools,” said Lori Carlisle, Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) learning partner for student destinations. “It also provides an opportunity for them to learn a little more about a career in the trades to see if it’s something they’d like to do.”

Students were tasked with a number of different challenges. In the small engines competition, students were asked to strip down a brand-new small engine, test the parts to see if they met industry specs and then reassemble the engine, finishing with a compression test to determine if it was done properly.

In the individual carpentry competition, students were tasked with creating a decorative wishing well, while competitors in two-man carpentry were asked to create a bench table - a hybrid park bench where the back support swings up to form a table.

In the welding event, activities included using a simulator to test a student’s skill at creating the perfect weld, while photography students’ tasks included shooting a winter scene and the perfect image of women in the trades.

Select UCDSB winners from the competition will now advance to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) in May. Gold medal winners by name, school and category include: Eric Fillion, Russell High School, Job Interview; Joey Schlapsi and Shawn Little, Rockland District High School,TV/Video; John McLennan, Glengarry District High School, Auto Service Technician; Kate Moffatt, Char Lan District High School, Workplace Health and Safety; Kaitlyn Stewart, Seaway District High School, Prepared Speech; Michael Marshall, Brockville Collegiate Institute, Photography; Courtney Seguin, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, Aesthetics; and Candice McCarthy, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, Hairstyling.

The Almonte and District High School two-man carpentry team of Owen Clement and Harrison Cooney will also advance to the provincials after winning silver, while the Seaway District High School team of Erin Baldwin, Cody Fluke, Casey Dean, and Wes Alexander gained a berth with a bronze in Team of 4 Construction.

Alexander Pilote, of St. Lawrence Secondary School, will also attend the provincials for cabinet making.

Students in select events will compete in Kingston at a regional qualifier for the provincials. UCDSB students heading to the qualifier on April 16 at St. Lawrence College are:

Small Engines: Bobby Walker, North Dundas District High School; Thomas Rourke, Perth and District Collegiate Institute; and Harley Empey, Rockland District High School.

Welding: Ryan Massia, Tagwi Secondary School; and Ryan Arkinstall, Tagwi Secondary School.

Individual Carpentry: Jacob Centen, North Dundas District High School; Caleb Faithe, Russell High School, and Justin Steacy, Rideau District High School.

The provincial competition will take place May 2-4 at RIM Park in Waterloo.

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