John Barsby Secondary School photography program students Dreece Beaudoin, left, and Miranda Smidts, work out lighting settings and arrangement during Skills Canada regional competition Friday. Photography made its debut as a competition category in the regional competition this year. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo students compete in Skills Canada regional competition

Students from central Island and Powell River tested their talents Friday in trades and technologies

Dozens of high school students from the central Vancouver Island region and Powell River arrived at Nanaimo’s high schools and Vancouver Island University for the 2018 Skills Canada B.C. Regional Competition this week.

The competitors put forth their best skills against their peers on Friday in trades and technology competion categories ranging from cabinet making and 3-D computer animation to welding and, for the first time on the central Island, photography was included in the competition.

Automotive service and graphic design were also part of the high school level competitions. Post-secondary level competitions included carpentry, culinary arts and hairdressing as well as welding, plus there was spaghetti bridge building, gravity vehicle construction and sumo robot building and battle bouts for Grade 6-10 students.

Nanaimo high schools hosting competition events included Dover Bay, Wellington, John Barsby and Nanaimo District secondary schools.

Competitors’ finished projects are judged on a number of criteria and the competitors also gain marks for safe work practices and fabrication techniques.

The competition’s gold-medal winners will move on to the Skills Canada provincials in Abbotsford on April 24 to vie for a spot in the Skills Canada national competition in June in Edmonton, Alberta.

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