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Barrie students medal at Skills Ontario Competition

Students from Bear Creek, Innisdale secondary schools earn silver, bronze at annual event
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The Simcoe County District School Board building in Midhurst is shown in this file photo. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Thirty-one Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students from five schools represented the board at the 2023 Skills Ontario Competition held on May 1 to 3.

This year marked a return to an in-person event after three years of being held virtually. SCDSB competitors won medals in five categories; two silver and three bronze.

The event promoted skilled trades and technology careers to youth, by hosting skilled trades competitions for thousands of students from across Ontario, in dozens of contest areas. Participating students showcased their talents and competed for the title of best in their trade amongst the province’s most skilled youth.

Medals were awarded to:

  • Katarina C. and Arub S. from Bear Creek Secondary School — silver in TV/video production
  • Lauren P. from Banting Memorial High School — silver in baking
  • Elise I. from Banting Memorial High School — bronze in auto painting
  • Maddy H. from Innisdale Secondary School — bronze in restaurant service
  • Stephanie T. from Banting Memorial High School — bronze in hairstyling

“Preparing students for careers in the skilled trades and technologies is a continued focus for the SCDSB. The board has a long history of supporting students as they showcase their skills at local, provincial, and national levels,” says John Dance, director of education. “We’re proud of the accomplishments of the students who competed at the Skills Ontario Competition.”

Participation in the Skills Ontario Competition is made possible through the support of the experiential learning program, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and the specialist high skills major program. Learn more about the SCDSB’s skilled trades and technological education programs.