Strait area students shine at Nova Scotia Skills Competitions

Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School student David Stewart won a silver medal in carpentry at the NSCC Strait Area Campus.

PORT HAWKESBURY: Congratulations to the 10 students from Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School and SAERC who participated in the Nova Scotia Skills Competitions held at various campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College from April 5-12. They represented themselves, their schools, and the Strait regional centre for education extremely well in the process!

Keigan Deveau and Garrett MacKinnon (both from CBHEC/A) competed in video production at the NSCC’s Ivany Campus; Daphne LeBlanc (CBHEC/A) competed in job search at the Ivany Campus; while Andrew Sorenson and Lucas McCully (both from DRJHG) competed in mobile robotics at the Ivany Campus.

SAERC student Jake MacNeil (middle) is pictured with SAERC teachers Lance Hawley (left) and Mike MacDonald.

David Stewart (DRJHG) won a silver medal while competing in carpentry at the NSCC Strait Area Campus, while gold medals were earned by Jake MacNeil (SAERC) competing in welding and Megan Phillips (CBHEC/A) competing in workplace safety also at the Strait Area Campus. At the Akerley Campus, gold medals were earned by Mack Collasius (CBHEC/A) competing in cooking and Gracie Glencross (DRJHG) competing in baking. These four provincial champs have earned the right to go on to compete at the National Skills Competition being held in Halifax on May 28 to 29.

Contributed photos — Grace Glencross of Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School, won gold in the baking competition at the NSCC’s Akerley Campus.

These fantastic individual performances were not the only highlights from the provincial competition. The students from Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School are also winners as their school was selected as one of five to receive $10,000 worth of Black & Decker, Dewalt and Stanley tools to augment their Technology Education programs.

As the Nova Scotia Skills Competition Web site points out, the competition provides opportunities for youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, enhance their skills, and strive for excellence in a chosen field.