Skills 2018

Gold Again at Skills 2018
Posted on 05/11/2018


Local Student wins GOLD for the second time at Skills Ontario Trade and Technology Contest.

Quoted last year as saying, “It was such a great experience-- I want to come back again!” that is just what Dalton Bown of St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School made sure of when he secured first place in IT Office Software Applications Technology category at the Ontario Skills Trades and Technology Contest. Winning again allows him to travel with team Ontario to Edmonton to compete in a two day competition in Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and Powerpoint. Dalton reflected upon the whole experience by saying, “Coming together with my fellow teammates from all our various high schools was so unique compared to the sports teams; we are always against each other. It’s incredible to see how talented my teammates are and how anything can be done when you dedicate yourself to something. Just taking a moment to walk around after my competition, it took my breath away as I saw the average looking teenager defy the meaning of normal and perform amazing skills that no one could ever think a teenager was capable of, this sets the standard high but still achievable.” The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board supported this young teen in his grade 10 year when he went to Winnipeg, Manitoba and is looking forward to seeing how he will take on this challenge in his secondary competition in Edmonton on June 4th and 5th.

The Ontario Skill Trade and Technology contests are equal to competing at OFFSA for any athlete at a high school level. Competing or even visiting Skills Ontario is important for the youth of today because it allows them to expand their understanding of the various trades and technologies. In the modern world it is hard for students to realize what interests them and what they want to pursue as a career. Dalton was first introduced to the Microsoft competition in his business class and from there was motivated to learn what he needed to compete. “Dalton is driven, and is willing to spend the time after school to learn the various solutions to any IT problem I can throw at him,” stated Melissa Oliver one of the coaches of the St. Peter’s Skills Team. “I am very proud of our whole team, their dedication to their skill and the time they spent before and after school will pay off in their future career aspirations; I truly believe that the Skills Ontario contest is able to wake up students into seeing what life in the skilled trades and technologies could be for them.”

The St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School team also had grade 12 Chemar Hensley compete in Fashion Design, the first fashion design contestant the Catholic board has ever put forth, lead by coach Lisa DeNobile-Blasato. Also, St. Peter’s competed at the Ontario Skills in the following: Welding-- Ethan Newell (gr 11) coached by Nick Stefano, and Graphic Design Studio-- Emily Thouless (gr 11), Graphic Design Presentation-- Adam Wilcox (gr 11), Website Design -- Benjamin Goodchild (gr 12) all coached by Melissa Oliver. Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is committed to investing in the future of skilled competitors as there are 50 competitions that high school students can compete in to see if they have what it takes. SMCDSB SMCDSB Skills Team 2018