MSS students qualify for provincial technological skills competition

Several Manitoulin Secondary School students have qualified for the provincial technological skills competition. Among those who have qualified are William Lindner, second from left in photo, and Caleb Byers, second from right. They qualified by taking first place in the carpentry work category at the Rainbow District School Board regional skills competition.

M’CHIGEENG—Several Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) students have qualified to move on to the provincial technological skills competition thanks to their efforts at the Rainbow District School Board (RDSB) Regional Skills Competition held on March 8, 2017 at Cambrian College in Sudbury.

Taking first place in the team two person carpentry event was William Lindner and Caleb Byers; with Jackie Cooper taking first place in the 2D animation competition; Grace Duncanson and Kendra Jordison took second place in the 2D animations competition. As well Bryce Mastelko was presented with the safety award and finished in second place in cabinet making, said Steve Robinson, technology teacher at MSS.

Other MSS students who took part in the completion included Nathaniel Wood in welding, Greg Doane in auto service, and Jonah Kennedy in small engines competition.

William Lindner, Caleb Byers, Jackie Cooper and Grace Duncanson will now move on to the provincial competition in Toronto in May.

RDSB hosted the 12th annual technological Skills competition at Cambrian College on March 8. Over 120 secondary school students tested their skills in events such as carpentry, welding, TV/video editing, photography, auto-service technology, 2D character animation, electrical installations, cabinet making and small-powered equipment.

As part of the competition, some 240 Grade 8 students visited the college to learn more about the trades. Students completed a series of hands-on workshops geared to technology on a number of topics including rocket launchers, sail design competitions and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

“The skilled trades pathway allows students to problem solve, think creatively and explore career options at an early age,” said Dana Kinsella, co-operative education program co-ordinator for RDSB. “Reaching minds through creative and challenging learning experiences, and touching hearts by engaging students in activities they are passionate about, is a strong focus for supporting our students.”