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PWSD students heading to Regional Skills Canada Competition

April 29, 2014

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that four of its schools will be sending students to the 10th annual North West Regional Skills Canada Competition (RSCC) taking place on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Fairview, AB. Entrants from Beaverlodge Regional High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, Savanna School and Sexsmith Secondary School will face off against other schools in the region. The opening ceremony for the event will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The Skills Canada Competition, celebrating excellence in school-based trades and technology programs, begins with nine regional events. Top performers from the North West Regional RSCC will earn a place at the 22nd Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC) planned for May 14-15, 2014 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Gold medalists from the PSCC will form Team Alberta and will compete at nationals in Toronto on June 4-7, 2014.

The RSCC features competition in compulsory events which include auto service, baking, cabinet making, carpentry, culinary arts, junior and intermediate hairstyling, TV/video production, and welding. Gold and silver medalists from the compulsory events will move on to the provincial level of competition. In addition, the RSCCs include several non-compulsory events: fashion technology, graphic design, IT and network support, outdoor power and recreational equipment repair, photography, robotics, and workplace safety. Only gold medalists from the non-compulsory events will move on to provincials.

Beaverlodge Regional High School has enjoyed past successes at the competition with students moving on to provincials in sewing, carpentry and hairstyling. This year, the school will send three junior hairstyling students to the competition – Daytona Barclay, Darci Peterson and Makayla Watt. Baeley Lowen will compete in the intermediate hairstyling category, while Alyssa Jurasek and Danyka Doerksen will both represent their school in the fantasy hairstyling category. Sandra Nitschke will represent her school in baking and Bejamin Nadeau will compete in carpentry.

Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), competing since 2005, has earned gold medals at both regional and provincial levels. This year, the school will send a total of 13 students to the regional competition. Jamie Cote will compete in small engines, Danielle Reichert will compete in baking, and Emma Fletcher will compete in the culinary arts category. Brad Clark and Michael Jabs will face off in the cabinetry category while Dustin Dobransky competes in carpentry. The junior hairstyling category will see four PWA students vying for medals: Ashley Bremont, Kaitlyn Griffin, Tessa Grimm and Brittney Judd. Intermediate hairstyling will include Haley Carlyle and Shelby Peddle. Jacqui Fehr will compete in senior hairstyling at provincials in Edmonton.

Savanna School is no stranger to the RSCCs, with at least one student earning a spot on the podium at a past event. This year, Deanna Nobbs, a Grade 11 student, will represent the school in the culinary arts category.

For the past six years, Sexsmith Secondary School has successfully competed at the regional level, with students moving on to the provincial round of competition. This year, the school will send three students to the event – Josh Rasi will represent his school in cabinetry, while Alex Holmes and Simon Spenner both compete in the carpentry category. Sexsmith Secondary School’s CTS teacher, Darrel Bogdanek, says, “Competing at the regional Skills Alberta competition allows students to showcase their talents in a competitive setting. The competition itself is a wonderful experience and is a lot of fun for all.”

For more information on the North West Regional Skills Canada Competition, visit http://skillsalberta.com/region/north-west or www.skillsalberta.com

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