Picture of student in indivicual carpentry competition


(Pictured above: Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute student Adam Lefebvre lines up a cut while competing in the individual carpentry category.)

Hundreds of Students Compete at
Eastern Ontario Skills Competition

Trades Event Co-Sponsored by UCDSB

March 1, 2017 (Cornwall, ON) – Hundreds of students from throughout the region competed Tuesday in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition, co-sponsored by the Upper Canada District School Board.

The competition, held at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, allowed students to test their trades skills in 13 different judged events ranging from TV/video to welding. Top winners were awarded bronze, silver, or gold medals, plus the chance to move on to a regional qualifier in Kingston April 1, or the Ontario Technological Skills Competition May 1-3 in Toronto.

“This is a really exciting event for a lot of students,” explained Lori Carlisle, a key organizer of the competition. “Many of these students may not be able to get the opportunity to showcase their skills often in a normal school setting. It’s an acknowledgement for these students that what they are doing is valued.”

North Dundas District High School student Brandon Scheepers earned a bronze in welding at the competition. He was tasked with building a small decorative lighthouse, forming the parts out of pre-cut pieces of metal, welding the parts together, and grinding a shiny finish on the exterior. Scheepers said the event was a fun way to practice and enhance his welding technique, a skill that will pay dividends later in life as he helps manage his family’s dairy farm.

Upper Canada District School Board gold-medal winners included: Courtney Seguin, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, aesthetics; Char-Lan District High School team, house building; Joey Schlapsi and Shawn Little, Rockland District High School, TV-video production; North Dundas District High School drama team, drama; Alex Edwards, Athens District High School, carpentry individual; Parker Henhawk, St. Lawrence Secondary School, hair; Kaitlyn Stewart, Seaway District High School, prepared speech; and Cole MacWhirter, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, small powered equipment.

The competition was co-hosted with St. Lawrence College and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

About the Upper Canada District School Board: The Upper Canada District School Board is the largest public school board providing education in the Lanark, Leeds-Grenville, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and Prescott-Russell counties. It serves more than 26,000 students and is comprised of 85 elementary and secondary schools.

For more information, please call:

Lori Carlisle
Learning Partner
Student Success and Destinations
UCDSB Teaching and Learning Department
East Region

Cindy St. Pierre Steele
Learning Partner
Student Success and Destinations
UCDSB Teaching and Learning Department
West Region

Posted March 1, 2017
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Contact Information
Learning Partner Cindy St. Pierre Steele
North Dundas District High School
Phone: 613-360-2407
Email: cindy.steele@ucdsb.on.ca