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Tec Voc Students Go for Gold at Skills Canada Nationals

On April 12th, 48 Tec Voc students competed at the 21st Annual Skills Manitoba Provincial Competition. Five of those students won gold in their respective contest areas; Ivanna Sanderson (Job Search), Jasmine Perez (Architectural Technology and Design), Eh Htee Soe (Precision Machining), Fiona David and Jack Nai (Graphic Design), and are headed to the 24th Annual Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta, June 4-5.

Ivanna Sanderson, grade 12 has mixed emotions on competing, "I'm really excited but I'm kinda nervous, really nervous. When I was competing here in Manitoba, it's like I'm competing against other people right? And going to nationals, I'm competing against other gold medalists...it's a little nerve wrecking.” Sanderson is consistently preparing herself by doing a series of mock interviews, practicing resumes, looking at different questions and learning how to answer them. "I do a lot of mental preparing as well, so I have to really put myself out there and start talking to people so that I am able to be calm during the interview." When Sanderson found out she won gold, she couldn't believe it. "In that moment, everything just kind of stopped. I was in that state of shock and awe. I was so proud of myself."

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Jasmine Perez, also in grade 12, had competed before in grade 11 and won a bronze medal. "After seeing that I got a medal last year, I wanted to see if I could improve which I did and that felt very good." With the upcoming competition, Perez is nervous but excited to go and experience something new in a different city. With balancing work experience and skills preparation, it can be quite challenging, "Whenever I have the time, I meet up with Mr. (Gord) Macrae, (Drafting Teacher), and I catch up. I have to do a lot of self-learning on the computer." Although, it can be challenging, Perez keeps an optimistic point of view. "Even if I win or not, I hope that this experience helps me grow as a person."

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Vice principal, Michelle Sacco, supports students attending, and competing in skills. “I think it's a really important opportunity for students to have an opportunity to showcase their talent.”

In order for students to attend provincials or nationals, a lot of fundraising has to be done. Lunches are held throughout the year. A raffle is also being held on June 12; Prizes include: Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire pit, 2 Blue Bombers hoodies, custom air brushed and autographed (Maurice Legget) bar fridge, Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera with four 16x20 framed prints, infinity table, and a 16×20 autographed framed picture of Maurice Legget. Tickets are just $2 and available at Tec Voc High School. For more information or to purchase tickets call 204-786-1401.

By Brittany Clemons


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