Lo­cal schools medal at Skills Canada com­pe­ti­tion

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St. Fran­cis School in Har­bour Grace con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance of Lego League Ro­bot­ics last week.

The school cap­tured its 10th gold medal in 12 years at the com­pe­ti­tion after fin­ished in first at the Skills Canada In­ter­me­di­ate Chal­lenge event held at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic-Prince Philip Drive Cam­pus in St. John’s on Dec. 6.

Their top fin­ish earned the team a spot to com­pete at the F.I.R.S.T World Fes­ti­val in 2015 in St. Louis, Mis­souri.

The school beat out fel­low lo­cal com­pe­ti­tiors Amal­ga­mated Academy from Bay Roberts to fin­ish in the top spot. Amal­ga­mated fin­ished in sec­ond, while Holy Cross Ju­nior High in St. John’s rounded out the top three.

St. Fran­cis was not the only lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive to bring home a gold medal. Hay­ley Martin of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate part­nered with Kee­gan Dal­ley of Holy Spirit High in Con­cep­tion Bay South to take top spot in the 3D Com­puter An­i­ma­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

With the vic­tory, the pair earned the right to com­pete at the Skills Canada provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion in March 2015.

Mean­while, Cas­san­dra Pot­ter and James Reeves of Holy Redeemer El­e­men­tary in Spa­niard’s Bay grabbed the bronze medal in the IT Net­works Sys­tems Scav­enger Hunt.

Some 300 ju­nior high stu­dents from across the prov­ince took part in the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

“Through­out its 12 year his­tory, the Skills Canada In­ter­me­di­ate Chal­lenge has demon­strated its value as an ideal op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose young peo­ple to ca­reers in skilled trades and tech­nolo­gies,” said Ca­role Ann Ryan, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Skills Canada New­found­land and Labrador.

Holy Redeemer’s James Reeves (left) and Cas­san­dra Pot­ter won a set of Bronze medals in IT Net­work Sys­tems Ad­min­is­tra­tion Scav­enger Hunt at a re­cent Skills Canada com­pe­ti­tion in St. John’s.

Hay­ley Martin (right) of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate and Keagen Dal­ley of Holy Spirit High in Con­cep­tion Bay South cap­tured gold in the 3D Com­puter An­i­ma­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Mem­bers of the St. Fran­cis lego league ro­bot­ics team ac­cept their gold medals on Dec. 6.

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