Students in the Strait Regional School Board Participate in the Nova Scotia Skills Competition and Bring Home One Gold, Two Silver and One Bronze Medal

Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy student competitors from left to right are Sydney Courtemanche, Emma MacKinnon, Jessie Daley, Samantha Ross and Avery LeLievre.

Students from Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, Inverness Education Centre/Academy and Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School recently competed in the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition at the Strait, Akerley and Waterfront campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). The students competed in the categories of Baking, Job Search, Carpentry, Public Speaking, Photography, TV / Video Production and Workplace Safety.

Emma MacKinnon, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, earned a Silver Medal in the Secondary Baking Skills Competition. Emma prepared eclairs, tarts, dinner rolls, two different styles of bread loaves, piped cookies and a decorated cake over the two-day competition. 

Samantha Ross, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, won a Gold Medal in Public Speaking.  Samantha had to prepare a five- to ten-minute speech and deliver it in front of eight people. As a Gold Medalist, Samantha will go on to participate in the National Skills Competition scheduled for May 31 to June 3, 2017, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Jessie Daley, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, won a Silver Medal in the Job Search competition.  Jessie prepared a cover letter, resume and interviewed competitors at the competition to identify essential skills as well as be interviewed by a panel. Jessie will be the only Nova Scotia representative taking part in the Essential Skills Youth Forum at the National Skills Competition.

Avery LeLievre and Sydney Courtemanche, both students at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, participated in the TV / Video Production category. They created a one-and-a-half-minute advertisement for the NSCC Waterfront Campus using original footage.

Daniel MacKinnon, Inverness Education Centre/Academy, earned a Bronze Medal in the Job Search competition.  Daniel had to demonstrate workplace health and safety knowledge, assess and provide recommendations for a hazardous situation, and give a five- to ten-minute safety presentation.

Andrew Green, Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, competed in the Carpentry category.  During his competition, Andrew had to display great workmanship, accuracy, and finishes, as well as workplace safety.

Congratulations to all students and medalists, and thank you to the school-based and regional staff for their tremendous support of our students and their participation at excellent learning opportunities such as the Skills NS competition.

As the Nova Scotia Skills Competition website 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. Gold medal winners advance to the Skills Canada National Competition. The Skills Canada National Competition is an opportunity for skilled young Nova Scotians to showcase their talent at the national level, improve their skills, and jump-start their careers.