Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District students competed at the Skills BC regional competition hosted at Westview Secondary on February 27.
The day-long event included automotive (secondary) and cabinet making (secondary) categories.
Students from Westview and Samuel Robertson Technical participated in the cabinet-making event, which is the first in a series of competitions culminating in a bi-annual international event.
Students from Richmond, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows districts are invited to compete at regionals. The winner from the regional event qualifies to compete in the provincials on April 17 at the Tradex in Abbotsford. Gold-medal winners from that event move on to the nationals.
For many, last week’s regional event marked the first time that they’ve competed under this kind pressure. “Regardless of how they place, each student walks away with a great experience and the always say that they have learned a great deal about woodworking as well as themselves,” said WSS instructor Andy Strothotte.
Students from SRT took top honours in cabinet making: Aidan McKay (gold) Nathan Unruh (silver) and Hannah Simard (bronze).
Students from Westview and Maple Ridge secondary schools competed in the automotive contest, which included a 50-question test and six trouble-shooting stations, like, for example, diagnosing a “check engine” light.
Westview students earned the top three automotive spots: Detroit Hambly (gold), Chris Krystik (silver) and Russell Bergenstein (bronze).