White Pines Students Take First In TV/Video Skilled Trades Competition

Nakita Johnson and Brianna Bernatchez, grade 12 students from White Pines

ADSB students perform well in several Skills Trades competitions in North Bay

Eight students from Korah, Superior Heights and White Pines spent this past Saturday at Canadore College in North Bay competing in a Skills Ontario Qualifying Competition (https://www.skillsontario.com) as they looked to move on to the provincial competition in May. Students competed in Individual Carpentry, TV & Video Production and Welding competitions. Each competition tested student skills and knowledge of their respective trade at a professional level. The participants were vying for a spot at the Skills Ontario Competition, Canada’s largest skilled trade and technology competition, held in Toronto May 6 to 8, 2019.

The TV & Video Production competition saw the team of Nakita Johnson and Brianna Bernatchez, grade 12 students from White Pines, take 1st place with their 30 second public service announcement, “Distracted People on Cell Phones.” They prepared a production brief and storyboard before arriving and were provided with 3.5 hours to shoot and edit their footage. They were graded on their pre-production work, camera work, audio quality, editing storytelling, impact and timing.

Nakita, who finished 3rd at the provincial Skills Ontario Competition last year, said, “The competition was exciting but also unpredictable, which to me is a good thing and just adds to the challenge. You get to meet new people who share the same passions, goals and motivations; and it’s a good opportunity to learn from one another.” In regards to moving on, she said, “Brianna and I are going to bring our skill, team dynamic, creativity and determination to the provincial level. I’m nervous but so happy to have this opportunity.”

Tasha Powley, a grade 12 from Superior Heights

Placing 3rd in the Carpentry-Individual competition was Tasha Powley, a grade 12 from Superior Heights who is currently participating in the ADSB House Building Project. Competitors were given plans and just enough materials to measure, cut and nail together a dog house in 5 hours, while being marked on safety and application of constructions skills such as print reading, framing, rafter layout, construction quality and safety. Tasha, who competed in a field of students that include several with carpentry apprenticeships, was very happy with her performance, saying, “I’m on cloud nine,” after receiving her ribbon.

Nakita, Brianna and Tasha all received invitations to the Skills Ontario Competition, where they will be competing for a spot on Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition May 27-30. They will be competing along with approximately 22 other ADSB elementary and high school students in various sectors including construction, service, transportation and engineering. This event draws over 2000 young people from across the province in over 68 skilled trade competitions.

This marks the 5th year the Algoma District School Board has participated in the Skills Ontario Competition and the demand for workers with the skills these students are developing is at an all time high, locally and across North America. To learn more about these rewarding career opportunities, parents and students of all ages, are invited to attend the “ADSB City Wide Skilled Trades Night” at the Delta Hotel on April 16th from 6:00 – 8:30pm.