Carlton students a skilled bunch

Tyler Clarke
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Carlton Comprehensive Public High School students earned 10 medals at last week’s Skills Canada Saskatchewan Provincial Skills Competition. Back row, from left, is Lovely Amuan (bronze in website development) and Jiham Sheikh (bronze in cooking). Middle row, from left, is Austin Epp (bronze in bricklaying), Theoren Ring (silver in cabinet making), Joel Morin (silver in job interview), and Mathew Cathcart (silver in mechanical CADD). Front row, from left, are gold medal winners Quinten Saunders (electrical wiring), Damien Gibb (auto service), Sara Grassick (public speaking) and Blayz Verge (precision machining). 

Students at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School have again proven themselves a skilled bunch.


During last week’s Skills Canada Saskatchewan 16th Annual Provincial Skilled Trades and Technology Competition, Carlton students received 10 medals, of which four were gold.

“They were a very enthusiastic bunch of students,” practical applied arts teacher Trevor Rutz said.

“They worked really hard and practised for days and weeks and months leading up to the competition and we’re very proud -- all of the teachers who worked with these students -- are just proud of their accomplishments.”

All four students who earned gold medals will continue on to the national level, competing at Skills Canada National Competition from June 4 to 7 in Toronto.

These students include Sara Grassick (public speaking), Blayz Verge (precision machining), Quinten Saunders (electrical wiring) and Damien Gibb (auto service).

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to excel at something that they love to do and show the students that it’s a great first choice for a career -- a rewarding career and a career that they can do well at financially, as well,” Rutz summarized.

Excited to compete in Toronto, Saunders is the third generation in his family to take on electrical wiring.

Growing up around the trade, he said that last week’s competition was old hat to him and that the real challenge will come with displaying the more complex skills expected of him in Toronto.

“I hope to do pretty well,” he said. “I’ll be training quite a bit for it and doing some things I don’t know.”

They worked really hard and practised for days and weeks and months leading up to the competition and we’re very proud -- all of the teachers who worked with these students -- are just proud of their accomplishments. Trevor Rutz

Gibb also developed his interest in the trades as a result of family, with his grandfather teaching him the basics of automotive repair.

Already accepted into the journeyperson machining course at the SIAST Kelsey Campus, Verge’s interest in precision machinery came out of an interest developed at Carlton.

“I’ve always liked mechanical stuff, like parts and cars, so I decided to take that and see where it went,” he said, adding that his time at Carlton has helped put his foot in the door.

“You learn everything you need to know to run the machines to build everything,” he said of the trades courses available at his school.

“You learn how to do dimension measuring and it just helps you with everything. Even if you don’t go into machinery you learn techniques to measure stuff.”

Crediting the 4-H West P.A. Beef Club with teaching her the ins and outs of public speaking, the gold-winning speech Grassick shared was centred on the real-life implications of 4-H.

Looking forward to repeating her speech in Toronto she said that she’s “more excited than nervous.”

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to speak in front of people from other provinces.”

The Daily Herald will follow up with these Carlton students once they return from Toronto.


Organizations: H West P.A. Beef Club, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Toronto

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