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Skills Canada 2017

Keaton Rich is 2nd in the Country!

Participating in Skills Canada is no small feat. In many competitions there are qualifiers to compete in local regions, near north region, just to qualify for the Ontario round and then you have to win the provincial competition to go to the Canadian round. Keaton Rich was able to make it to the Canadian round in Winnipeg for 2017 Skills competition. This does not happen without a lot of hard work. His skills journey all started in grade 10 where Keaton showed both talent and a keen interest in the machining trade learning the basics in machining. In grade 11 he started training for the skills competitions and achieved a second place at the Ontario round. This result gave him both confidence and a renewed effort for 2017 Skills competitions. His efforts were not the result of simply taking a course but rather effort placed outside of classes as he practiced and learned extended skills. Keaton has many natural talents. He is a mechanical thinker with good math and problem solving skills. These traits serve him well to accelerate his learning in this precision machining trade. Keaton’s hard work paid off with a silver in precision machining at the biggest skills event in Canada.

There are many people who effected his performance on the national level. It starts at home with great parents, Rob and Charlotte who honed Keaton’s good work ethic and supported his dreams. Keaton’s problem solving and math skills are honed by his teachers at Sacred Heart, true professionals who take the time to bring out a student’s talents for the future. The BGCDSB for supporting it’s students to explore their talents, whatever they may be. And of course God who loves us all and gives us both the courage and grace to become the best we can be.

In Keaton’s own words “what a ride!”


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Skills Ontario Results 2017

So far at Skills Ontario Provincial Championships in Toronto On May 3, 2017, after 3 days of competition, SHHS has done very well

KEATON RICH was named TOP SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETITOR in ONTARIO
KEATON RICH is Provincial Champion in Machining
MICHAEL MONTREUIL is 2nd in Ontario in CAM - Computer Aided Manufacturing

Mr. McCormick & Keaton Rich

 Keaton Gold  Michael Silver
 Keaton Machining  Mike CNC

 

Skills Ontario - Midland Results  2017

The second round of skills for the welders was in Midland this past weekend. The competitors from Near North (Huntsville to Guelph and Forest to Lindsay) were all bidding for a place in the top three to advance to the Ontario round May 1-3. The level of skill was ramped up as all the competitors had to qualify at earlier regional rounds. Sacred Heart had three welders who qualified from Owen Sound regional skills qualifier. Christian Glass, Nick Kieswetter and Jake Spitzig were all in the shop last week honing their skills. Former skill competitors, Brett Waetcher and Craig Klein came back to pass on some tips and tricks for our three qualifiers to the event. The part had several challenging welds including overhead and several multiple pass welds using various welding techniques. All three made huge improvements in the last few weeks and any one of them could qualify. As per the rules however no more than one student per board and only if they place in the top three at the competition. So first you have to be in the top three and then beat all your teammates. When the weld smoke cleared in Midland, Jake Spitzig was sitting in second and will be representing Sacred Heart High School at the Ontario round. Congratulations to all the welders this year on a job well done and good luck to Jake as he continues to prepare for the Ontario round.

Mr.  McCormick

 

Skills Canada – Owen Sound Competition 2017

Skills Canada is a competition that showcases the skills in the trades for secondary and post-secondary divisions. Students are placed head to head with students from other districts and locals across the country to show both their knowledge and hands on skills in a multitude of disciplines. On Friday last week 9 students went up to Georgian College in Owen Sound for the first qualifier of the Skills Canada Competition.  Sacred Heart sent students in three disciplines this year to this first round. In Small engines Cole Black and Tanner Meyer had to diagnose and repair several errors in electrical, fuel and mechanical areas. In Precision machining Keaton Rich, Everett Grubb and Kyle had to use produce parts to specifications on the lathe and the milling machine. In welding Nick Kieswetter, Christian Glass, Jake Spitzig and Elijah Warner had to fabricate a complicated part using blueprint reading skills and stick and mig multi-positional welding techniques.

 All of the competitors did their bests and showcased the awesome programs within the walls of SHHS.

The results were outstanding and several of the team achieving top three finishes. Keaton Rich and Everett Grubb came first and second in precision machining and Jake Spitzig achieve a 3rd in Welding. With hot young guns Elijah Warner and Kyle Hammel in grades 9 and 10 impressing the judges Sacred Heart will have a strong team for years to come.

Our next round, this Saturday in Barrie, will consist of the 3 qualifying welders in attendance. Jake Spitzig, Nick Kieswetter and Christian Glass will touch up their skills this week and be ready for round 2.

Keaton Rich has qualified for the provincial competition on May 2nd

Congrats to all the skills competitors!



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Skills Canada 2016

This has been an extraordinary year for those students who participated in the Skills Canada competitions.  From the preliminary challenges through to the Ontario finals the team put in tremendous effort.  The effort this year was put into overdrive with a few weeks preceding the Ontario round of Skills Canada.  Learning from the previous competitions, Keaton Rich worked on speed as well as ideas to improve accuracy in precision machining.  Craig Klein spent lunches, evenings and extra days practicing various forms of welding.  He had welding mentors from previous years helping with different techniques and has benefitted by the pay it forward system.  The CNC router competition had a challenge of no previous history.  Dalton Goetz, who took on the CNC router challenge, put in a huge effort to not only learn the art of designing in a CAD package but also programming and operating the CNC router.  Dalton spent many late nights running the CNC router and adjusting programs to suit his vision.  All those who competed captured the essence of competing in Skills.  They not only became much more knowledgeable in their respected classes they seen the results from their efforts.  At the Ontario round they all certainly did their personal best. Craig’s welds were impressive and challenged the top welders in the province.  Dalton’s plaque was very elaborate and utilized many programming techniques.  Keaton Rich skills in the precision machining had a very difficult milling and lathe project with tolerances less than the human hair.  Keaton led the way with a silver medal in precision machining and will be back next year aiming for another podium finish.SHHS thanks Mr. McCormick for all of your mentoring and extra effort spent with these students, as well as Mrs. Cowe and Ms. Liefl.

The 2016 Skills competitors

  • Precision Machining – Keaton Rich & Matt Spielmacher
  • Welding – Craig Klein, Zack Harper, Ben Klages & Tait Hawken
  • 2 man construction – Dwayne Grubb & Brent Schnurr
  • CNCwoodworking – Dalton Goetz
  • Culinary – Chris Klerks-Curtis
  • Photography – Hannah Plumbstead

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Keaton Rich – Silver at the Skills Ontario competition

Results from the Ontario round can be found on the skills Ontario website at http://www.skillsontario.com/

We are very proud of the work ethic and effort they all put in. The students from the first competition to the Ontario round at RIM represent Sacred Heart with what can only be described as Heart!


Skills Canada 2015

On May 4-6 three of Sacred Hearts finest attended the Ontario round of Skills Canada. The day started early with a departure from the school at 5:30 am. Students were in the competition for up to 8 hours. This was not your typical school day. Jordan Schnurr competed in the cabinet making challenge producing a wood table. Justin Billington competed in the computerized numerical control to design a part and program a CNC machine. Matt Vansickle competed in precision machining to make a part using an engine lathe and milling machine to tolerances of less than a couple of hairs. They all preformed amazing making great products.

On May 4-6 three of Sacred Hearts finest attended the Ontario round of Skills Canada. The day started early with a departure from the school at 5:30 am. Students were in the competition for up to 8 hours. This was not your typical school day. Jordan Schnurr competed in the cabinet making challenge producing a wood table. Justin Billington competed in the computerized numerical control to design a part and program a CNC machine. Matt Vansickle competed in precision machining to make a part using an engine lathe and milling machine to tolerances of less than a couple of hairs. They all preformed amazing making great products.

On May 4-6 three of Sacred Hearts finest attended the Ontario round of Skills Canada. The day started early with a departure from the school at 5:30 am. Students were in the competition for up to 8 hours. This was not your typical school day. Jordan Schnurr competed in the cabinet making challenge producing a wood table. Justin Billington competed in the computerized numerical control to design a part and program a CNC machine. Matt Vansickle competed in precision machining to make a part using an engine lathe and milling machine to tolerances of less than a couple of hairs. They all preformed amazing making great products.

The next morning we went to the awards and all were excited and nervous to hear the results. Matt Vansickle led the competitors from Sacred Heart with an outstanding bronze medal. No small feat for competing against the best of secondary schools province wide. All were better for the experience as we look forward to next year’s challenges and the opportunity to represent Sacred Heart.

Skills Canada 2015 MVS

The first round at skills was a huge success for Sacred Heart, with several podium positions. The group all performed well up in Owen Sound on March 27. Some moved directly to the Ontario round May 4-6 while the welders, small engine and culinary all needed to move on to the next qualifying round in Barrie April 18. Each round gets more competitive and after the qualifiers we have 3 competitors heading to the Ontario round.
Congratulations to all the students who challenged themselves to compete and become more advanced in the various areas of study. Excellent work!!!

Owen Sound results Precision Machining - 1 st Matt Vansickle & 3rd Ben Klages Welding – 1 st Mike MacLennan, 3rd Brendan Crispin Small engine – 1 st Matt Schmidt Culinary – 3 rd Rachelle Reutz

Ontario Round Skills Competitors (May 4-6) Precision Machining – Matt Vansickle (3rd Place) Cabinet Making – Jordan Schnurr (4th) Computer Aided Manufacturing – Justin Billington



Skills Canada 2014

Congratulations to all the skills competitors this year. In welding we were represented by Simon Durrer, Erik Baks and Brett Waechter.  In precision machining Craig Meyer and Ben Klages represented a really strong showing. Danielle Gutzke and Dan Walter are competing in computer aided manufacturing and the computer aided design. Small engine competitor was Matt Schmidt. From the qualifiers there are four competitors who have qualified for the Ontario round of the Skills Canada competitions from the manufacturing sector. Only one student per board can be awarded this honor and only if they are in the top three of the near north division and also achieving set standards. This is no small feat and showcases the skills of these students and the diversity within the tech programs at the Heart. 

Skills Canada 2014

Best of luck to Danielle, Craig, Dan and Brett in the Ontario round at Rim Park on May 6!



Regional Competition 2014

2014 Competitions for Skills Canada started last Friday with a competition involving Blue Water and Bruce
Grey school boards. Sacred Heart once again had an impressive showing. Craig Meyer and Ben Klages competed in the precision machining category finishing first and second. Craig moves on to the Ontario round in May. Brett Waechter, Eric Baks and Simon Durrer competed in the welding category finishing second, third and fifth respectively. All have moved to the next round in Barrie on April 12. Matt Schmidt competed in the small engines category and he too was successful in moving to the Barrie round.

Congrats to all the competitors on an outstanding performance showing that they have learned the skills to put them on top in the area!


Skills Canada

Sacred Heart demonstrated a strong performance in the skills Canada competition March 23, 2012  in Owen Sound. The manufacturing class sent 4 students to challenge the areas best in welding and precision machining. Chris Frankin, Ryan Bross and Andrew Voisin competed in welding and Crystal Chesney competed in the precision machining. The results were outstanding highlighted by Chris and Ryan taking second and third in the welding category. Chris and Ryan will take part in the next round in Barrie later this month and Crystal qualified for the precision machining at Rim park in May. Congratulations to all the competitors.

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