Secondary students at the UGDSB participate in Skills Ontario Competition
May 6, 2022
GUELPH, ON – On Wednesday May 4, secondary students in the Upper Grand District School Board participated and placed at the 2022 Skills Ontario Competition, which took place virtually this year.
The Skills Ontario Competition offers a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills and why they’re the best in their field over two and a half days. Winners are awarded with Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals (or even monetary prizes). Those who place have the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition.
“Skills Ontario is like the Olympics for any skilled trade or technology students. The competition is always very intense, but so rewarding for both the competitors and the teacher mentors,” said UGDSB’s Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) coordinator, Joanne Harris.
Harris described that students and their mentors start preparing as early as the fall for the competition, which hosts a variety of different skilled trade categories.
There are 18 categories to compete in at the Skills Ontario Competition. Among them were 2D and 3D Character Animation, Precision Machining, Coding, and much more.
There were 39 competitors from the UGDSB (from 7 different secondary schools). Nine of which placed and 15 educators/mentors who supported them every step of the way along the journey.
The Skills Ontario provincial winners at the UGDSB are as follows:
- 3D Character Animation: Mark Reynolds and Landon Harrison (Centre Wellington District High School)
- Coding: Matteo Polak (Centre Wellington District High School)
- Precision Machining: Ben Henning (Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute)
- Workplace Safety: Rachel Driedger (Centre Wellington District High School)
Mark, Landon, Ben and Rachel will be moving on to the virtual National Skills Competition at the end of May.
- Job Interview: Noah Noguiera (Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute)
- Geographic Information Systems: Kohan Wesselink and Maximilan King (Centre Wellington District High School)
- IT Network Systems Administration: Wyatt Zymerman (Centre Wellington District High School)
- Precision Machining: Riley Zammit ( Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute)
Congratulations to all those who placed, participated and mentored, you’ve made your UGDSB community so proud!