Judd Foster, a grade 11 student from Highland Secondary School not only won a gold medal in Electronics, but was also selected to represent Canada at the WorldSkills. He will have the opportunity to qualify to be a part of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 and compete at the 44th WorldSkills Competition, in Abu Dhabi, in October 2017. The four-day WorldSkills Competition is the biggest of its kind in the world and considered the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technologies training. This is a first for a SD71 student to qualify for Worlds.
Matt Black, a grade 12 student from Mark Isfeld Secondary School, won a silver medal in Web site development. Both of these students did a great job representing School District #71 at this high level of achievement.
More than 500 youth from across Canada gathered at the Moncton Coliseum in New Brunswick to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions. There is a progression to get to this point, starting with regional competitions, then the provincial competition, followed up with the National event which these students just participated in. The main purpose of the Skills Canada events is to showcase and expose youth to trades and technologies, which are often considered a second choice to a university program.