Lloydminster Comprehensive High School Grade 12 student Meagan Lee was one of the few who came away with some hardware after coming back from the National Skills Competition. Supplied Photo
Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) came away with some hardware after coming back from the National Skills Competition.
Four students were sent to Edmonton to compete in various categories and three made it onto the podium.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” said Alan Griffith, communications, and media teacher, LCHS, about the students who competed.
“I’m so proud of these guys and it’s just awesome that Mr. Yusep (teacher) and I were able to be there with them and watch them as they progressed all the way through and got to stand up on the podium at both the provincial and national competition.”
Grade 12 student Meagan Lee is no spring chicken when it comes to National Skills. This is the second year in a row she has brought home gold in mechanical CAD.
“I was mostly stressed out,” said Lee about the competition.
“I was in the environment last year, but this year the tests were made a lot harder because the people running our competition were people who went to Worlds previously.”
During the national competition, Lee said she was given four assignments, of three hours long each.
When she found out she had won gold, she said was shocked.
“I thought I did terribly,” she said. “I didn’t finish a single one of my tests, and I guess I got more on the paper then everybody else did.”
Lee plans to go to university for engineering.
Grade 12 students Glenmar Davila and Kyle Sieben were awarded bronze in video production at the national competition.
“I was very surprised,” Sieben said about winning bronze. “At the same time we were really grateful we even placed and got recognized. It was a really great feeling to be recognized for our skills because we have been at this for two years of training.”
From going to nationals, Davila said he was able to see the amount of talent that really is across the nation.
Sieben echoed the sentiment of being able to interact with all the different talented students around Canada.
“It was really exciting. We met a lot of great people, we met a team from Ontario and the Northwest Territories,” he said.
Maria McIntosh, Grade 11, went to nationals for the first time, in architectural technology and said she had an amazing time.
“It’s not only people who enjoy my trade, but also people who are pursuing theirs in their field,” she said about the atmosphere.
While she isn’t graduating just yet, McIntosh said going to Skills has made her think about taking up the trade.
Griffith said bringing the students to Skills competitions, whether it is provincial or nationals, they get a chance to learn a lot.
“They get to compete against and work with the students who are the best in their trade in the country. It just elevates things to a whole new level and takes those students up a notch from where they were,” he said.