Carlton students return triumphant from Skills Canada competition

Tyler Clarke
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Carlton Comprehensive Public High School students Quinten Saunders (electrical wiring), Joel Morin (job interview) Blayz Verge (precision machining), Damien Gibb (auto service) and Sara Grassick (public speaking), from left, are seen this week after getting back from Skills Canada’s national competition in Toronto. 

It wasn’t enough that Carlton Comprehensive Public High School students were commended at a provincial level -- now they’re recognized nationally.


Back in school from last week’s Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto, five students have returned with positive memories and one medal.

Sara Grassick received her silver medal for public speaking.

“It went really well -- It was flawless,” she said.

“The competition was definitely a lot tougher and there were some amazing speakers from across Canada, so it was a great experience.”

Inspired by her tenure with the 4-H West P.A. Beef Club, Grassick’s speech was centred on a quote;

“Without the opportunity to learn through the hands the world remains abstract and distant and the passions for learning will not be engaged.”

Grassick spoke about practical learning – the type of learning she experienced with 4-H, and which she intends on continuing with a career in agriculture.

Reflecting on the five students’ stint in Toronto, practical applied arts teacher Trevor Rutz said that it’s clear they’ll find success in their careers of choice.

“I’m just so excited for the students and very proud of their accomplishments,” he said. “They competed very well and showcased their talents that they’ve learned through their experiences at this school and through their lives.”

Though he didn’t place in the top three, Quinten Saunders said that he’s happy to have received fifth of nine, considering the quality of talent at the event.

The competition was definitely a lot tougher and there were some amazing speakers from across Canada, so it was a great experience. Sara Grassick

“The competition was quite big,” he said of last week’s stint in Toronto.

“It was a really big venue and there were a lot of people there so it was really hard to concentrate.

“I noticed that I had some mistakes in the competition, but they could have been easily corrected.”

Not too broken up about it, Saunders said that he looks forward to participating again in next year’s event -- particularly since the national competition is taking place in Saskatoon.

Currently in Grade 12, Saunders said that he’s still considering a career as an electrician alongside other trades, but that he’s already got his foot in the door as an electrician.

As his family’s third generation to express interest in the field, he said that like-minded people have always surrounded him.

“I’ve learned from journeymen and my dad, and just hung around them during the summer time and worked with them, so I learned the job from them.”

Carlton Comprehensive Public High School student Blayz Verge competed in precision machining, Damien Gibb participated in auto service and Joel Morin participated in job interview.

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