Palliser students showcase their skills

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Ajay Coutts of Kate Andrews High School competes in the carpentry event at the regional Skills competition.

Eight students from Palliser Regional Schools had the opportunity to test their workplace skills against their peers, and further cement possible career choices.

The students were among almost 100 high school competitors taking part in the Southwest Regional Skills competition at Lethbridge College. Competition took place in 13 different categories in the trades and technology sectors ranging from automotive technologies to welding, with the winners of each advancing to the provincials in Edmonton this May.

Also up for grabs was about $20,000 worth or prizes, donated by industry partners, as well as other great opportunities for the top teams.

Palliser students won four medals in the competition, hosted by Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions.  The Picture Butte High School team, which included Joey Reimer, won gold in video production. Along with a berth in provincials and other prizes, the team will be paid to put together a video for Ironworkers Local 725 to promote a training program for high school students. 

Dallas Mihalicz of Kate Andrews High School earned bronze in carpentry, Sarah Ann Walker of Coalhurst High School won bronze in public speaking, and Elyse Janzen of Kate Andrews High School won bronze in photography.

Other competitors included Ajay Coutts of Kate Andrews High School (carpentry), Justin Paterson of Kate Andrews High School (culinary arts), and Andi Hope-Rapp of Coalhurst High School (photography).

The provincial competition in Edmonton May 7-9 will feature more than 700 students competing in 46 events. The national championships are slated for Halifax May 28-29.