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Thursday, 02 June 2011 17:11

All that glitters is gold for a group of Kate Andrews High School students.
A host of students from the Coaldale school recently competed in the Skills Canada competition hosted at Lethbridge College and several returned to class with medals for their efforts.
Gold medal winners included Hailey Kloot who competed in the intermediate hairstyle in the up-do category. She plans to continue in a career in hairstyling and put a lot of hours into her practising for the competition. She said she was a little surprised to win gold but found it challenging to compete with judges watching her work for two hours.
Christine Boltezar took gold in Fashion Technology where she was required to sew a skirt in five hours. Having just started fashion studies this semester she was a little surprised at how well she did.
“I wasn’t expecting to place.”
While she has done some sewing at home before taking it as a class at school, she said she was barely able to finish in the time allowed and was excited to win.
“It was fun.”
Carrie Wall also captured a gold medal in hairstyling, the braiding division. While she is not planning a career in hairstyling, she has shown some obvious braiding skill, completing her work in an hour, 30 minutes ahead of the time limit. While she finds braiding to be an easy skill, she said she was very surprised she won a gold medal.
Other Kate Andrews medal winners included Kelsey Nadeau who took silver in fashion. She also completed a skirt and said she started taking sewing last year.
“I just barely finished in time.”
She plans to keep her sewing as a hobby rather than a career.
Jenna Gross also brought home medals in hairstyling, a silver for her up-do and bronze for her braiding.
She said while she likes to braid she found it a bit challenging to do it with a judge watching her work. She hasn’t ruled out hairstyling as a career but she not sure it will be her first choice.
“It was fun,” she said of the competition.
She completed six to 10 up-dos as she prepared for the competition.
Dawson Clark also captured silver this year in graphic design. He was required to complete a brochure, magazine ad and bus stop poster during five hours of competition. He plans to studying engineering after high school but will keep graphic design as a hobby.
He competed last year and this year, because he was not enrolled in the class, he worked on his own to prepare for the competition.
Ryan Horwood and Isabella Scrigner were back competing this year in the culinary category and captured silver medals. Horwood said they were just shy of the gold medal after cooking for four hours to complete a three-course meal.
While the pair had a menu for the main course and dessert they had to create their own appetizer. Scrigner said it was an intense competition. They both enjoy cooking but Horwood plans to go into Criminal Justice while Scrigner wants to be a dentist.
Bronze medals were also won by Brenton Reimer in graphic design, by David Oskerman and Ryan Wakeman in culinary and Brayden Kluss and Carson Young in video production. While Reimer had fun competing he is looking to go into mechanics.
Oskerman and Wakeman were surprised at how well they did in the competition as it was the first time competing.
“It gets a little hectic,” said Wakeman.
As Grade 9 students Kluss and Young were some of the youngest in the competition.
“We were hoping we’d do a little better,” said Kluss. “We’ve still got a few more years.”
While the regional competition is open to Grade 9 students, winners do not advance to provincials as their Grade 10 to 12 counterparts will do.
Teacher Angie Roelofs said she loves the fact the competition is open to the younger students because it gives them an additional year to compete.
With 11 of the 17 students taking home medals, she was impressed with the effort by Kate Andrews students in this year’s competition.
“The kids are really dedicated this year. They had fun.”



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