Abbotsford Students Capture Gold Medals At Skills Canada

It was a golden result for three Abbotsford students competing in the national Skills Canada competitions at BC Place in Vancouver this past week (June 6-8). Alongside hundreds of students from across the country, seven Abbotsford students participated, carrying the flag for BC as winners of the provincial Skills BC competitions in April.

Pictured Abbotsford Senior Secondary’s Amie Peters with Gold medal

In the Culinary competition in the giant kitchen and food prep area set up on floor of BC Place, Abbotsford Senior Secondary’s Amie Peters withstood the heat of competition and impressed the judges, who awarded her first place. Her chef-instructors were Andreas Fopp (Abbotsford Sr. Secondary) and Phillip Lie (Cascade School of Culinary Arts).

In the 3D animation competition, Abbotsford Virtual School’s Conor Nolan and Patty Chomseng – who also attends Rick Hansen Secondary – created the gold medal winning animated project. Nolan, who had flown in from Japan for the competition, returned immediately after completing their project, and so was not on hand for the winning announcement. Their instructor is Bill Hendersen.

Other Abbotsford School District students competing were:

• Elijah Balujan and Karmyn Chretien, in 2D Animation; instructor: Byron Kask of Robert Bateman Secondary

• Davejot Sidhu, in Architectural CAD; instructor: Tricia Thomson of UFV

• Casey Lenning, in Electrical Wiring; instructor: David Riel of UFV.

Quote: Abbotsford Board of Education Chair Cindy Schafer:

“We congratulate these students from our District for this outstanding result, and for demonstrating their passion and skill to the rest of the country! We also want to thank their teacher-coaches, our Careers Program personnel and the families of these students for supporting them throughout their school careers.”

“In Abbotsford, we are proud to provide students with access to a wide array of programs. Our career and technical programs engage and encourage students in their areas of interest, which is a key aspect of our district strategic plan.”

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