Glenmary Students Off to Regional Skills Canada Competition
Posted: April 21, 2016
Good luck to Glenmary School students Riley Stepaniuk, Trinity Thompson and Natalie Potts who are competing in the Regional Skills Canada Competition on Friday April 22nd at Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus. All three students have been practicing their skills for months and are now competing for the first time. The top two competitors in each category will earn spots at the provincial competition in Edmonton in May.
Trinity Thompson, a grade 10 student, is competing in the welding category. Competitors in this category have five hours to weld an object that Trinity describes as a box-like structure with stairs. Trinity has currently been working as a welder for six months through Glenmary School’s RAP Program. This program has allowed her to earn credits while getting hands-on experience that counts toward her Journeyman certification hours. With the help of her father Doug Thompson, Trinity has already created and sold welded sunflowers and roses in the past, and demonstrated an above-average skill level, according to RAP Program Coordinator Scott Randall. She plans to continue following this interest and pursue a career in art welding.
Natalie Potts and Riley Stepaniuk are both competing in the baking and culinary arts categories. In the baking category, competitors must bake buns, a cake, cookies and bread in just four hours. In the culinary arts category, competitors must cook a starter, main course and dessert again in just four hours. Competitors are judged by taste, texture, appearance, amount of waste, and how closely they follow the rules. With the help of Mrs. Linley, both Natalie and Riley have been practicing diligently for the competition and will do well in this competition, according to Randall.
“I am so proud to have our talented students representing Glenmary School at the Regional Skills Competition,” said Glenmary School Principal John Wiedrick. “I have been lucky to experience their skills firsthand. I’ve seen Trinity’s skilled handiwork in her welded flowers, I’ve tasted Natalie and Riley’s practice baking, and I confidently predict they will do well at this competition. Good luck to all competitors!”