Local students advance to regionals and provincials after Eastern Ontario SKLZ Competition 

Above, North Grenville District High School students Rogan Beechey and Malina Vallee won gold in the TV/video production competition. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL – About 300 students from the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) competed Tuesday, February 25 at the 2020 Eastern Ontario SKLZ competition, held at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. 

The event, run in partnership with St. Lawrence College, is held annually to showcase the value of the trades and celebrate the accomplishments of students skilled in them. The goal is to encourage students to consider the trades as a career, said Ashley Grant, a co-convener of the event. 

This year, UCDSB students competed in 11 events: individual carpentry, carpentry team of two, home building (team of four carpentry), cabinet making, automotive service technician, small powered equipment, welding, photography, environment, TV/video production and drama. 

Co-convener Lauren Levac said attendance by UCDSB students was up 50 per cent this year, largely due to a concerted effort by organizers to promote the competition. 

Top competitors at the event either qualified for the Skills Ontario Competition, to be held in Toronto May 4-6, or advanced to the regional qualifier in Kingston on April 4 in hopes of qualifying for the provincials. 

Students to advance to the provincials include: 

  • Aaron Skuce, North Dundas District High School, gold, small powered equipment; 
  • Randy Ellis, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS), gold, automotive service technician; 
  • Addison Hay and Caleb Raymond, Glengarry District High School (GDHS) gold, team of two carpentry; 
  • Crew Rickerd, GDHS, gold, cabinet making; 
  • Eric Haslam, Brockville Collegiate Institute, gold, photography; and 
  • Will Lowry, Mitch Palmer, Branden Quinn and Liam Silverson, Almonte District High School, gold, home building (carpentry team of four). 

Students to advance to the regional competition in Kingston April 4 include: 

  • Rogan Beechey and Malina Vallee, North Grenville District High School, gold, TV/video production; 
  • Pablo Huelamo Sanz and Lars Ochsner, Carleton Place High School, silver, tv/video production; 
  • Aidan Ireton, Perth District Collegiate Institute, gold, welding; 
  • Mitchell Cogdale, Seaway District High School, silver, welding; 
  • Nicholas Oeggerli, Char-Lan District High School, gold, individual carpentry; and 
  • Tanner Maheral, North Grenville District High School, silver, individual carpentry. 

Event winners for which there is no advancement to regional or provincial competition include: 

  • Tagwi Team, gold medal, drama; and 
  • Aiden Vachon and Mariana de Moura Lira Claudino, CCVS, gold medal, environment. 
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