Barriere students strut skills at TRU

Instructor Adrian Parker has plenty to be proud of as this trio of stylists took top honours in the recent Cariboo Regional Skills Canada hairdressing competition. Samantha Morgan (left) won the bronze medal

Instructor Adrian Parker has plenty to be proud of as this trio of stylists took top honours in the recent Cariboo Regional Skills Canada hairdressing competition. Samantha Morgan (left) won the bronze medal

Local students more than held their own at the Mar. 4,  Regional Skills Canada BC competition at TRU.

Kamloops-Thompson school district high school students competed against students from across the Interior in trade-skills events.

In all, SD73 students earned five gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

“I think it speaks to the skills of the students we have in the district,” said Greg Howard, SD73’s district principal for trades and transitions.

“And, I think it speaks to the programs we have, not only in our high schools, but also at Thompson Rivers University.”

In the automotive-service tech category, Dylan Martin won gold and James Kropp won silver.

Both are from NorKam/TRU.

In cabinetry, NorKam’s Nathan Haag won silver, while Barriere’s Robbie Stevens and Clearwater’s Nielson Graham earned silver and bronze, respectively, in carpentry.

In the culinary competition, Westsyde/TRU’s Amber Smith earned gold, while South Kam/TRU’s J.D. Haughton took home silver.

South Kam/TRU’s Coleton DiGesco won gold in electrical wiring, while NorKam/TRU’s Taylor Cook earned bronze.

In hairdressing, NorKam students Bailea Wittner (of Barriere), Anna Wood and Samantha Morgan swept gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

In the gravity-car competition, Barriere secondary’s Alex MacDonald, Brycen and Braeden Chambers earned gold, and Drew Johnson and Connor Booth silver.

Howard said the gold-medal winners will move to provincials in Abbotsford on April 20.

Winners from that event will head to Quebec City for the national championships later this year.

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