June 3, 2011
Since its inception in 1993, The Provincial Skills competition has continued to grow in size, scope and profile. The first competition hosted 80 competitors, today there are 600 competitors from all corners of Alberta competing in 42 events, 29 of these events which apply to high school competitors.
On May 11 and 12, 2011 the Edmonton Expo Centre hosted Alberta’s premier showcase of trade and technology talent at the annual Provincial Skills competition and the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) was proud to have a strong presence at the competition. The CBE was represented by students from Bowness High School, Centennial High School, the Career and Technology Centre, Forest Lawn High School, Henry Wise Wood High School, Jack James High School, John G. Diefenbaker High School, Lord Beaverbrook High School, Queen Elizabeth High School, Sir William Van Horne High School and William Aberhart High School.
Skills Champions, teachers and administrators who support Skills participation in their schools rallied together to raise funds and share in the planning and paperwork to send 78 CBE students representing 11 High Schools to compete at Provincial Skills.
The CBE returned from the Provincial Skills competition with 17 medals. CBE students swept the medals in three events: Auto Body Repair, Prepared Speech and Robotics.
Gold medalists at the provincial competition are selected for Team Alberta to showcase their skills at the Canadian Skills Competition. This year the National Competition will be held in Quebec City, Quebec from May 31 to June 4, 2011. The CBE has the good fortune of sending 11 students in seven event categories. We wish Cameron Goleski, Liam Ranshaw, Tyler Rankin, Mitchell Bennett, Ban Ihsan, Susan Tran, Samantha Linny, Eric Cho, Bryce Sather, Shawn Shteinbah and Morgan Sorochan all the best at the 2011 National Competition!
Part of the thrill of competition comes not just in winning a medal, but in the competition itself. Michelle Dueck is a Central Memorial High School student who is enrolled in Hairstyling at the Career and Technology Centre. She explains what it meant to her to compete at this year’s Provincial Skills competition. “The amount of talent and passion at the Skills has motivated me to work even harder and to continue in Cosmetology-hairstyling. I have met many outstanding people who have proven to me that enthusiasm and dedication pay off. I hope to be going to the Provincial Skills competition next year in the senior division.”
Congratulations to all the students who represented the CBE at the Provincial Skills competition!
The full list of CBE medal winners:
3D Character Computer Animation – Cameron Goleski & Liam Ranshaw – GOLD – Henry Wise Wood High School
Aesthetics – Lisa Nguyen – BRONZE – Bowness High School
Auto Body Repair – Tyler Rankin – GOLD – Jack James High School; Mitchell Bennett – SILVER – Sir William Van Horne; Kerry Liggins – BRONZE – Forest Lawn High School
Culinary Arts – Ban Isan – GOLD – Bowness High School
Fashion Technology – Emma Treleaven – SILVER – William Aberhart High School
IT Office Software Applications Level 2 – Shanna Picket – SILVER – Jack James High School; Breanna Chupik – BRONZE – Centennial High School
Job Interview – Susan Tran- SILVER – Forest Lawn High School
Prepared Speech – Samantha Linny – GOLD – Forest Lawn High School; Sunjay Varma – SILVER – Herny Wise Wood High School; Kevin Zapf – BRONZE – Bowness High School
Robotics – Eric Cho, Bryce Sather, Shawn Shteinbah & Morgan Sorochan – GOLD – Centennial High School; Samantha Brown, Jesse Georzen, Max Polishevskyy & Alexander Tuner – SILVER - Lord Beaverbrook High School; Brandon Buckboro, Lewis King, Nick McConnel & Alex Wujcik – BRONZE – Jack James High School
TV & Video Production – Aron Janzen & Julie Secreto – BRONZE – Forest Lawn High School
The CBE Skills Champion Group would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the following companies for supporting and believing in our students. Without their support our students’ successes would not as strong. These companies truly believe in “Every child, Every day.” Our thanks to:
- Stepper Custom Homes
- Pacific Western Transportation
- Alberta Building Trades
- Calgary Construction Associate
- Royal Canadian Legion – Bowness & Forest Lawn
- Calgary General Contractors
- Don & Peggy Chudzy
- Comply Works Ltd.
- ITC Construction Group
- Thermal Systems KWC Ltd., Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
- Southern Alberta Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers