Students from Glengarry District High School were among the competitors at the Skills Ontario competition in Toronto.
GDHS Grade 12 student Patrick Lunny placed 16th out of 35 in the automotive service technology class after competing in various hands-on and theory activities.
The Alexandria school was also represented by grade 12 student Craig MacDonald who competed against the top coders in Ontario and placed 19 out of 23 competitors. Grade 7 and 8 students competed in the Green Energy challenge which had students building model wind turbines as a follow-up to a local competition at GDHS April 6. Jason Gingras, Carl Marfurt-Breakenridge, Taylor McVicor, and Tiana Ali finished sixth out of 19 teams.
According to Miss McVicor, “The competition was huge and there were lots of opportunities for people to compete in different areas. It was interesting to see other school boards in the same building. We were able to use some of the things we learned in science and geography this year to build our turbine and represent our school.”
Gold medallists from the provincial contest advance to represent Ontario at the Skills Canada National championships in June being held in Edmonton, Alberta. All participants in Toronto had to win local competitions in order to advance to the provincial championships.
Glengarry DHS is proud to offer a strong technology program from grades 7 to 12. This year, GDHS will undergo extensive upgrades in the wood and automotive shops which will allow staff to continue to develop an awareness of job opportunities in the skilled trades and will allow students to leave high school with knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by employers.
SKILLS TEST: Patrick Lunny consults a car manual while working on an electrical challenge. From left: Carl Marfurt-Breakenridge, Jason Gingras, Taylor McVicor, and Tiana Ali show off their turbine after having it judged.