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OSS student takes gold in B.C. skills challenge
Grade 12 student Dalton Rose exceeded even his own expectations when he took first place last week in a provincial skills competition for computer-aided design (CAD).
Rose was one of three students from Osoyoos Secondary School competing April 9 in Abbotsford in Skills Canada B.C. provincials. His outstanding performance means he will move on to a national-level competition June 4 in Toronto.
“I was actually surprised I did that well,” said Rose. “I didn’t think I was going to win. I guess they just like my work.”
Competing students were given three hours to complete a task that involved drawing a house plan with front and side views of the house.
“They give you the size of the house and you have to fit in a certain number of rooms and you have to make it presentable,” Rose said.
The student also took gold in a regional competition held in Kelowna in March.
Zac Beaudoin took gold in cabinet making and Kye Cowen took gold in welding at the regionals, but neither placed in the top three in the Abbotsford provincial event.
“They didn’t finish in the top three, but they did well,” said teacher Ivor Langley. “Every kid is really good.”
Langley notes that Rose beat students from some much larger secondary schools in the Fraser Valley.
Rose said he might use CAD in his career, but he’s not necessarily going to specialize in it.
“It’s always an option,” he said. “It’s good to know for every trade. It’s kind of a universal skill. In automotive, you can use it to make parts and in architecture you can draw house plans and blue prints.”
Although Rose plans to pursue a trade, he hasn’t yet decided which.
“I’m just keeping my options open,” he said.