GFESS student wows at Skills Ontario Competition, headed to nationals in Quebec

Autumn Wartman, a Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS) student, won the top prize for her job skill demonstration at the Skills Ontario Competition held in Toronto earlier this month on May 6 and 7.

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This year, the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) sent a strong contingent of 84 students–37 elementary and 47 secondary–to compete at the provincial skills competition.

Elementary students showcased their talents in 10 different categories, including robotics and creative challenges like character animation and design.

Secondary students, who had already proven their mettle at the DSBN Technological Skills Challenge, competed across 29 diverse fields. An impressive 17 students from this group returned home with medals.

Wartman’s gold medal win qualifies her to represent the DSBN on Team Ontario at the upcoming Skills Canada National Competition, which takes place in Quebec City from May 27 to June 1.

The Skills Ontario Competition offers students a valuable learning experience beyond just the competition itself. It provides a platform for them to test their skills against some of the best young talent in the province, while also allowing them to network with educators, industry professionals, and potential employers.

Roy Smith, the DSBN’s technology and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) consultant, praised the students’ efforts.

“Our students represented the DSBN with a tremendous amount of pride, passion, and dedication,” Smith said. “They’ve clearly honed their skills and put in countless hours before and after school to prepare for this competition. Their perseverance is truly incredible.”

Smith extended his congratulations to all participants and winners, as well as the dedicated tech educators who provide ongoing support to students as they compete and work towards their career goals.

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