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UCDSB Students Medal at Skills Ontario
Two UCDSB Students Medal at 2019 Skills Ontario Competition
Posted on 05/13/2019
Carter Giff

May 13, 2019 (Brockville, ON) - Two UCDSB students won bronze last week at the Skills Ontario Competition, held in Toronto. 

Carter Giff, of Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute, placed third in outdoor power equipment, and Nick Oeggerli, of Char-Lan District High School, earned his medal in individual carpentry. Both men competed Tuesday, May 7 at the skilled trades event, held at the Toronto Congress Centre. 

“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it and I didn’t think I was going to do that well,” said Giff of the competition. “It’s a really great opportunity. It gives you a challenge. When you try hard and win third, it really boosts your confidence.” 

The challenge in Giff's event was to work on an outboard boat motor. Competitors had to take it apart, measure the size of the piston, measure the cylinder wall in six different places, and figure out the taper on the cylinder. They later had to reassemble the motor and ensure everything functioned. Giff believes a review of how to properly use a micrometer helped with his results, noting the event involved precise measurements. 

Giff plans to become a heavy mechanic. He will soon start an apprenticeship through Alqonguin College at Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Service in Jasper. 

This was the third time Oeggerli had made it to the provincials, but the first time he had medaled. He competed twice previously in the four-man carpentry event. 

“It feels really good and I’m happy it worked out,” said Oeggerli. 

The Grade 11 student attributed his success to staying focused on the task at hand, which was to build a detailed dog house. 

“I studied the plans, stayed focused and tried not to look around me at what others were doing and just think about how I would do it,” he said. 

Oeggerli hopes to attend Alqonquin College after graduation for carpentry and to become a framer.

For more information, please call:

Marsha McNair
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute
(613) 283-0288

Chad Brownlee
Char-Lan District High School

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