GFESS student Autumn Wartman wins bronze medal at Skills Canada competition in Quebec

Autumn Wartman, a student at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS), wowed at the Skills Ontario competition, which earned her a spot at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).

Held in Quebec City May 30 and 31, more than 500 students and apprentices from across the country competed for the title of national champion in over 40 skill areas at the Centre de foires d’ExpoCité.

Wartman, who competed in job skill demonstration brought home a bronze medal.

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“Students like me were able to choose a specific skill in one of the trades that we wanted to demonstrate,” Wartman told Fort Erie Radio. “I chose to demonstrate a skill from the culinary field, because baking is my passion.”

For her demonstration, she had up to 30 minutes to show the judges and spectators how to make one of her favourite recipes: choux pastry.

“During the demonstration, I was able to show them how to make the recipe, while talking about culinary terminology and important safety practices in the kitchen,” explained Wartman.

“This competition was so much fun, and I am so glad that I was able to demonstrate one of my greatest passions to so many people, so that they might discover a passion of their own.”

She added, “Although very nerve wracking, the competition has such an exciting and amazing atmosphere, and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Wartman went on to say SCNC was one of the most important moments of her life.

“One thing that I will never forget about the competition is all of the competitors, advisors, and staff in team Ontario,” Wartman said. “Everyone treated each other with kindness and respect which is one of the main reasons why I had such a great time.”

Wartman then said the other part of the competition that she will never forget was the trip to Quebec.

“I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Old Quebec City and stay in the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.”

She had never been to Quebec before, and during the trip she had time to explore the city, enjoy the food, and admire the architecture in Old Quebec.

“I rarely travel out of the province, so this trip was a really nice vacation and I had a lot of fun.”

Wartman wanted to thank her teacher, Mr. Keyvani, who introduced her to the skills competition. She said his endless support gave her the courage to compete.

“He saw the potential in me that I did not see in myself, and encouraged me to compete the following year,” she said. “After agreeing to compete, Mr. Keyvani and I worked countless hours after school practicing for the competition.”

All of the practice helped her gain confidence in herself.

“I am positive that our work is the reason why I was able to be so successful in the competition.”

Wartman underscored that her family has been her own personal cheer team.

“For months, they taste-tested all of the choux pastries that I made, helped me work through my speech, and calmed me down when I began to get too stressed out,” she said. “From the beginning, they were proud of me for simply deciding to compete, and their support and pride only grew as I continued to advance in the various levels of competition.”

Wartman said she would like to attend college for pastry school with the eventual goal of opening her own bakery one day.

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