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Osoyoos Secondary School students big winners in Okanagan College trades competition
It may not be the Olympics, but three Osoyoos high school students won gold medals on Friday and three took home bronze.
The event was a trades competition at Okanagan College and the six students from Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) competed against other students from high schools throughout the Okanagan.
Zac Beaudoin took a gold in cabinet making, Kye Cowen was best in welding and Dalton Rose won first in architectural CAD (computer aided design).
Winning bronze were Shayden Stark (cabinet making), Steven Lindsay (automotive service) and Kelsey Gorgichuk (welding).
Okanagan College has hosted the annual Central Okanagan Regional Skills Competitions since 1996. The event is organized in conjunction with Skills Canada BC, a non-profit organization to promote skilled trades.
OSS Technology Instructor Ivor Langley says he handpicked the students for the competition based on those he thought would be successful. The degree of success this year, however, surprised even him.
The three first-place students will be competing in provincials in Abbotsford on April 9, and if they win there, they could go on to compete at the national level in Toronto.
The tasks the students received were challenging and the competition with students from other schools was stiff, Langley said.
In some events, such as CAD, as many as 22 students competed.
Students were given four hours to complete tasks such a building a cabinet, cutting and welding plate steel and pipe, adding an addition to plans for a house, or diagnosing and repairing mechanical problems to a car.
Students from OSS compete every year, but Langley is especially proud of this year’s competitors.
“It’s quite difficult to win,” said Langley. “Really it’s difficult.”