Three students represent QEDHS at Skills Ontario Competition
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Grade 12 students Adam Coulombe, Dominic Roy, and Caleb Wills represented Queen Elizabeth District High School (QEDHS) at the 29th annual Skills Ontario Competition held at the Toronto Congress Centre from May 7 to 9.
The Skills Ontario Competition showcases talented students in Ontario. More than 20,000 spectators come together during the three day event to watch over 2000 young people compete in one of the 70 skills contests offered. The 2300 students come from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges across Ontario, making the event the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada.
Adam Coulombe placed 23rd in welding and the team of Dominic Roy and Caleb Wills placed 5th in television and video production. In both competitions, the QEDHS students were the only representatives from the Keewatin Patricia District School Board.
The event, and the city of Toronto, can be hectic for competitors that aren’t used to it. The students noticed the busyness right away.
“There were so many different competitions, and there was a huge crowd turnout,” said Wills.
“I definitely got a bit of culture shock when we showed up and saw how many events were going on. It can be chaotic with all the people there and events going on,” said Roy.
“It was really busy down there. The one day we were delayed because of a pretty big traffic jam,” said Coulombe.
Roy and Wills mentioned that they don’t plan on pursuing T.V. and video production as careers, but Coulombe is certain that he wants to pursue a career in welding. For Coloumbe, the competition experience brought feelings of excitement for his welding future.
“We had the college competitors welding alongside us, and I enjoyed seeing their welds. Pretty much all of them are doing apprenticeships, so they had a lot of good experience. I feel like I’ve improved a lot and being a part of the competition was great,” explained Coulombe.
All three QEDHS representatives finished by providing a piece of advice for future competitors, which included practicing hard and having creative work.
“For film, try and do something unique to who you are or where you come from. There are so many teams down there, so you have to make sure your work stands out,” Roy and Wills agreed.
“Practice a lot. I practiced a lot, but I wish I had practiced even more,” Coulombe concluded.