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2018 Ontario Skills Competition
Two Upper Canada District School Board Students Medal at 2018 Ontario Skills Competition in Toronto
Posted on 05/15/2018
Athens District High School student Alex Edwards

May 15, 2018 (Brockville, ON) - Two Upper Canada District School Board students medalled recently at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition, held May 7-9 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

 

Alex Edwards earned gold for his skills in individual carpentry. The Grade 12 student at Athens District High School was challenged to produce a small doghouse, a wishing well, and a large doghouse.

 

Mason McLeod, a Grade 12 student at North Dundas District High School earned bronze in the heating systems technician competition.

 

Edwards said a gold medal exceeded his expectations for the competition, after placing ninth in Ontario last year at the same event.

 

“I set a goal of coming in the top three and I came in first,” said Edwards. “It was overwhelming.”

 

He said a key to his victory was the instruction of his teacher at ADHS, Robert St. Onge. He also credited his placement to a longstanding love of carpentry, which began at age 7 when his parents first let him hammer nails into boards. His long-term dream, first expressed at Grade 8 graduation, is to open his own business – Edwards Carpentry. He now moves on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton June 4-5.

 

McLeod was tasked with disassembling a blower motor out of a furnace, stripping it of its wiring and fan, and then properly reassembling it – all while wearing proper safety equipment. He also had to connect the wires on a wiring board, and complete a 30-question written test and a mock job interview.

 

He said the bronze boosted his confidence, and credited a co-op placement in the trade for helping him finish third.
 

For more information, please contact: 

Angela Grandy                                                             
Principal                                                                       
North Dundas District High School
(613) 448-2328 

David Pier
Principal
Athens District High School
(613) 924-2618

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