Two G.P. Vanier Secondary students captured gold in their respective fields of expertise qualifying for the national level competition in Halifax. Jacob Walter for electronics and Tyler Wenmann for graphic design.
Comox Valley Schools performed impressively in other competitions as well including welding, and robots. Students Arlo Richardson, Reele Morrison and Hamilton Embree of Highland Secondary captured gold, silver and bronze respectively for Jr. Sumo Robotics. Two teams from Highland captured first and second in Robotics VEXIQ - Branwen Ackroyd and Liam Rendell (gold), and Vivianne Lemay and Thai Murray (silver). The bronze medal was won by a team representing Mark R. Isfeld Secondary - Noah Doeschner-fretts and Zeke Gregory. Evan Barker of Vanier took home the silver for his trade skills in welding.
Skills Canada competitions at the regional, provincial and national level serve two main purposes, to celebrate and reward students for excellence in their mastery of skilled trade or technology skills and to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of students who attend the competitions.