Carpentry students Nico Read, left, from Nanaimo and Chris Chernoff, from Powell River, each hope to hammer out awinning framing job during Skills Canada regional competition at Vancouver Island University Friday. CHRIS BUSH/TheNews Bulletin

High school students converge on Nanaimo for Skills Canada competition

Winners will head to provincial event in Abbotsford later this year

High school students from the mid-Island and Sunshine Coast descended on Nanaimo on Friday for the annual Central Vancouver Island Skills Canada regional competition.

The one-day competition featured senior and junior categories that ranged from automotive repair, computer-aided architectural design, carpentry and culinary arts to photography as well as public speaking, robotics and spaghetti bridge-building. Events were staged at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo District, John Barsby and Dover Bay secondary schools in Nanaimo and at Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan.

Gold medal winners from the regional competition will have to the opportunity to compete in the provincials at Abbotsford Tradex on April 17. Winners of the provincial competition can compete in the national competition, which will take place at the Halifax Exhibition Centre in Halifax on May 28-29.

To learn more visit the Skills Canada B.C. website at www.skillscanada.bc.ca.



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Spencer Young, Kaitlyn Hall, middle, and Hailee Groom, from Quamichan Middle School in Duncan, share a laugh while trying to glue together the framework for a spaghetti bridge in Friday’s Skills Canada regional juniors skills competition. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Wellington Secondary School students James Knight, left, and Rowan Sholberg apply last-minute adjustments to their robot design in a Skills Canada VEX robotics competition Friday that required robots to pick up and place as many balls as possible into a container within a time limit. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Wellington Secondary School students James Knight, left, and Rowan Sholberg apply last-minute adjustments to their robot design in a Skills Canada VEX robotics competition Friday that required robots to pick up and place as many balls as possible into a container within a time limit. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

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