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
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.”