Students Own the Podium in Saskatoon
qualified to test their skills against the best in Canada at the Skills Canada National
Competition, and both students returned with medals for their efforts! With a
gold medal win, Eli Schonewille from Port Colborne High School (PCHS) is now
known as the top student welder in Canada. Fort Erie Secondary’s (FESS) Katrina
Waters put her artistry in the kitchen on display, earning a silver medal in
the baking challenge.
His win in
Saskatoon marks Eli’s second gold medal at the nationals in as many years. He also
won gold in the welding challenge at least year’s event held in Toronto. PCHS teacher
Vic Barker says “Eli is an outstanding student. He took his first welding
course here at PCHS and has learned and refined his skills in the classroom and
through countless hours of practice.”
Waters earned a bronze medal in the baking challenge, capping off a year that
saw her win gold in the Niagara College Cook Off and the provincial skills
challenges. She is a Grade 11 student but has already made plans to enter
Pastry Chef Training at Niagara College. Katrina began training with FESS
teacher Afshin Keyvani in Grade 7 at the school’s cake decorating club. Katrina
has also served as a member of the FESS’ student-run restaurant, The
Pomegranate, since 2014.
team leader for Technology and Experiential Education offered his
congratulations to all students and staff for their participation, effort and success at
all levels of the skills competitions (Board, Provincial and National).
competitions were held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 27-30.