Seven UCDSB students qualify for Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto

Rockland District High School students Shawn Little, left, and Joey Schlapsi won gold in the TV and Video Production Team of Two category, earning a trip to the Skills Ontario Competition. Courtesy photo

North Dundas, Tagwi and Rockland to be represented

KINGSTON — Seven Upper Canada District School Board students qualified for the Skills Ontario Competition Saturday at the regional qualifying round, held at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.

Among those advancing to the May 1-3 provincials in Toronto are Bobby Walker of North Dundas District High School, who captured gold in small-powered equipment, and Alex Beaudette of Tagwi Secondary School, welding bronze medalist. A gold in TV and Video Production also went to Joey Schlapsi and Shawn Little of Rockland District High School.

Cindy St. Pierre Steele, a learning partner with the Board, said she was pleased with the results.

“There are only six events at the regional qualifiers and the fact that our students medaled in five of them, receiving three gold and two bronze medals, is very impressive,” she said.

The seven new qualifiers mean that a total of 27 students from the UCDSB will attend the Skills Ontario Competition. Twenty Board students had previously qualified at the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition, held February 28 in Cornwall.

Also headed to the provincial capital because of their Kingston performances are Winston Mavraganis and Matthieu Mcveety of Perth and District Collegiate Institute (gold, 2-D Animation, team of 2), and Alex Edwards of Athens District High School (bronze, carpentry individual).

The Skills Ontario Competition is Canada’s largest skilled trades and technology competition and will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre. It offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate their skills in the trades. Select winners advance to the Skills Canada National Competition May 31-June 3 in Winnipeg.

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