School District 69 students show off their medals and certificates they won at the Skills Canada Regionals held in Courtenay recently. — Submitted photo

Parksville Qualicum Beach area students excel at Skills Canada competition

School District 69 competitors bring home host of medals

School District 69 students showed their talents at the Skills Canada regional competition held in Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay.

There were 65 youngsters — a mixture of high school and elementary students — who took part in the annual competition. According to Amber Van Der Mark, Elementary Applied Design Skills and Technology teacher, the students have been working hard to prepare for this skills competition. Senior students competed in carpentry, culinary arts, graphic design, photography, and TV/Video production. Junior students took part in gravity cars, potential energy vehicles, sumo bots, wind turbines, and spaghetti bridges.

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It ended up to be a great day for School District 69 as the students brought home three gold medals, three silvers and five bronze.

The Bowser Elementary team of Khoa Le, Mason Molyneaux, Jayden Reynolds and Liam Forster topped the Wind Turbine competition to bring home the gold medal. The Oceanside Elementary team of McKinley Shworan and Nathan Ponsford pocketed the gold medal in the Potential Energy Vehicle event, while the Springwood Elementary tandem of Ally Hermanson and Lexi Walper bagged gold in the Gravity Car competition. They will all compete in the provincial Skills Canada competition in Abbotsford on April 17.

The other results for District 69 at the regionals:

Ballenas: Mary Martin, bronze in Culinary Arts; Jupiter Sparrow, bronze, Graphic Design; Shianne Wilson, bronze, Photography

Oceanside: Stella Shaver and Miko Kimoto, silver, Gravity Car; Naia Kroeker and Carlin Rix, bronze, Gravity Car; Cameron Cross and Kyla Button McMeans, bronze, Potential Energy Vehicle

Springwood: Benji Ban and Blake Bortolotto, silver, Potential Energy Vehicle; Presley Gaudreault, silver, Spaghetti Bridge.

Nanoose Bay: Ella Brown and Mya Collette, fifth, Sumo robot

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