Area stu­dents ex­cell in competition

Asce­sion again the No. 1 school at Skills Canada event


As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts has again risen to the top among sec­ondary schools at the an­nual Ski l ls Canada pro­vin­cial competition.

And stu­dents from the Col­lege o f t h e Nor th At­lantic also turned in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance at the April 1st event in St. Johns, where over 200 com­peti­tors from across the prov­ince com­peted in trade, tech­nol­ogy and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skill com­pe­ti­tions.

Skills Canada New­found­land and Labrador awarded nearly 100 medals at the event, and for the sixth time in the past seven years, the team from As­cen­sion was the No. 1 sec­ondary school, claim­ing one gold, three sil­ver and one bronze medal.

As­cen­sion’s Jarred Pet­ten also earned a spot on the pro­vin­cial team that will com­pete at theSkills Canada na­tional competition tak­ing place in Que­bec City, June 1-4.

“ We are very proud of the re­sults,” As­cen­sion prin­ci­pal Neil Kear­ley stated.

Some 20 stu­dents from the Col­lege of the North At­lantic made the pro­vin­cial team, in­clud­ing Alex Tay­lor, a brick ma­sonry stu­dent at the Car­bon­ear cam­pus. It’s the largest group of stu­dents from the col­lege to ever make the na­tional stage. Col­lege of the North At­lantic com­peti­tors from 13 dif­fer­ent cam­puses earned 37 medals — 14 gold, 13 sil­ver, and 10 bronze.

“ This year’s com­pe­ti­tions were some of the clos­est ever held. It is ob­vi­ous that the skill level of all our par­tic­i­pants has been in­creas­ing each year, and this year was no ex­cep­tion,” said John Oates, pres­i­dent of Skills Canada-New­found­land and Labrador.

“Based on the re­sults of the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tions, I am con­fi­dent that our team will be very suc­cess­ful in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tions be­ing held in

Jarred Pet­ten

Que­bec City in early June. Congratulations and best wishes to Team New­found­land and Labrador.”

Some notable per­for­mances from this re­gion in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• Jarred Pet­ten (As­cen­sion Col­le­giate) — gold in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy soft­ware so­lu­tions for busi­ness;

• Alex Tay­lor (Col­lege of the North At­lantic, Car­bon­ear Cam­pus) — gold medal in brick ma­sonry;

• Cody Coombs and Blair Dawe (As­cen­sion Col­le­giate) — sil­ver medal in 3D com­puter an­i­ma­tion;

• Tif­fany Parsons and Jor­dan Thomas (As­cen­sion Col­le­giate) — sil­ver medal in TV/video pro­duc­tion;

• Evan Brock­erville, Tyson Dale, Andrew Pack and Bran­don Snow ( As­cen­sion Col­le­giate) — sil­ver in ro­bot­ics;

• Jessie Downey and Robyn Lynn Pike ( Amal­ga­mated Academy, Bay Roberts) — sil­ver medal in 2D com­puter an­i­ma­tion;

• Ash­ley Drover ( Keyin Col­lege, Car­bon­ear Cam­pus) — sil­ver medal in hairstyling.

• Cody Jacobs and Colton Dawe ( As­cen­sion Col­le­giate) — bronze medal in 2D com­puter an­i­ma­tion;

Gold-medal win­ners in each area are en­ti­tled to a po­si­tion on pro­vin­cial team.

Skills Canada New­found­land and Labrador — a mem­ber of Skills/Com­pé­tences Canada — was es­tab­lished in 1998 as part of an ef­fort to main­tain Canada’s in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness amidst a de­clin­ing Cana­dian labour force.

“ It was a great event and we are very pleased with the re­sults of the competition,” said Bruce Hol­lett, pres­i­dent of Col­lege of the North At­lantic. “ The en­thu­si­asm they showed to­wards skilled trades was very en­cour­ag­ing as they went through the competition process. Their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has cer­tainly paid off.”

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