SD73 Students win Four Gold Medals at the Provincial Skills Competition

Posted On Friday May 26, 2023
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Nolan Ilic, Welder

Sheila Brown, District Coordinator - Trades and Transitions

The School District has identified Career Development as a priority, supporting students to attain their career and occupational objectives. On April 20th, SD73 sent 16 students to compete at the Skills BC Competition in Abbotsford, after they competed and won the Cariboo Regional Skills Competitions. Skills Canada helps young people explore the possibility of careers in skilled trades and technology sectors. 

SD73 was proud to send 5 grade 12’s competing in Welding, Carpentry, Cabinetry, Culinary Arts and Electrical. There were 11 Junior Skills competitors competing in Sumo Robots and Wind Turbines, Potential Energy Carts and Gravity Vehicles. Clearwater grad 2022 student, Matthew Lavigne was also competing at the post-secondary level. Many of the young men and women representing SD73 faced challenges throughout the day. Brody Passmore (Culinary Arts), started the day with no power and water at his station. He was adaptable and resilient, earning a 4th place finish. Caden Tondelvold competed in Electrical, with a broken collarbone, and earned a Bronze. 

Secondary Gold Medal winners will compete at Nationals May 24-26 in Winnipeg. Best of luck to Nolan Ilic (NorKam, Welding), Logan Jones (Barriere, Carpentry) and Matthew Lavigne (Clearwater grad 2022, Carpentry).

Secondary Skills Competitors:

Ruby Dinn, South Kamloops Secondary, Cabinetry

Caden Tondevold, Valleyview, Electrical

Brody Passmore, Valleyview, Culinary Arts

Nolan Ilic, NorKam, Welding

Logan Jones, Barriere Secondary, Carpentry

Matthew Lavigne, Clearwater Grad 2022, Carpentry

Junior Skills Competitors:

Provincial Sumo Robot Competition:

Silver Medal: Aiden Guerin, Chase Secondary

Bronze Medal: Echo Horton, Chase Secondary

4th place: Carmin Bojic, Chase Secondary

Reece Wilson, Brock Middle School

Provincial Wind Turbine Competition:

Gold Medal: Noah Brown

Silver Medal: Cash Boyce

Sixth Place: Kohl Nordquist, Skyelar Adam

Potential Energy Cart Competition:

Bronze Medal: Sam Hallam

Sixth Place: Owen Cormack, Chase Secondary

Gravity Vehicle:

Sixth Place: Ashton Easy, Chase Secondary

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