Several Chilliwack students earned gold at the recent Skills Canada Provincials held at Tradex in Abbotsford on April 18, with many more earning silver and bronze.
More than 600 competitors in 58 competition areas competed in fields as diverse as: aerospace, automotive, 3D animation, baking, welding, robotics, and many more.
UFV student Bradley Streifel earned a gold medal in welding at the annual competition, in the post secondary portion of the event. Justin Pippa, a student at Chilliwack secondary, earned gold in welding for the high school portion.
Owen Charland from Sardis earned gold as well, in the Mechanical CAD competition. His fellow Sardis classmate Keenan Tolmie earned a silver.
Also from Sardis was Jee Ho Yang, who earned bronze in IT – Network Systems Administration.
Gregory Zervini, from UFV, won gold in the Heavy Equipment Service post secondary event.
Younger students also compete in a portion of the one-day event, and several students from Fraser Valley Distance Education took part. Damon Mader and Jeremy Neumann earned bronze in the Jr. Skills GearBots Competition, while Hyde Caden, Manley Emily, Tyson Lanting and Nicole Lakey all earned bronze in the Jr. Skills Spaghetti Bridge Competition.
Students earning gold will now move onto the Skills Canada Nationals, being held in Edmonton on June 4 and 5.
Chilliwack School District Superintendent Evelyn Novak said she is “very proud of the students and staff of the work that’s being done in this area.”