BSS student wins Best Overall Machine Operator in SD 73 Heavy Metal Rocks Competition

Barriere Secondary grade 12 student Maegan Huber drives heavy equipment during the Heavy Metal Rocks Competition

Barriere Secondary grade 12 student Maegan Huber drives heavy equipment during the Heavy Metal Rocks Competition

For the second time in three years a Barriere Secondary School grade 12 student has won the Heavy Metal Rocks Competition; but this time it was a girl.

Barriere’s Maegan Huber followed in the footsteps of the previous BSS winner, Roland Bachman, and brought home the $500 scholarship, and the title of first girl to win the competition since its inception.

Starting on Mar. 31, 26 School District 73 high school students began working with heavy machinery as part of Heavy Metal Rocks, a program designed to provide on-the-job experience to students considering career options.

During the three day program the students rotated through 13 different stations T’Kemlups Indian Band gravel pit.  They  experienced 13 different types of heavy construction equipment, under the direction of experienced operator’s who also acted as mentors.

“Approximately 50 companies and sponsors, along with a large number of individuals volunteered hours, equipment, and supplies, to make this a success,” said Greg Howard, District Principal of Trades and Transitions. “This program allowed 26 excited students to experience working with big machinery, giving them more career options than those normally offered in the public school system.”

Through the program the students also completed their Occupational First Aid, Level 1 certification outside of class time.