The students earned their way to provincials by earning gold in their respective divisions at the 2013 Skills Canada Peace Region Competition in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John in March, or were nominated by instructors.

“This is a very talented team of students that will be representing the Peace Region,” said Jamie Maxwell, Skills Canada coordinator for the Peace Region.

On April 17, the team will compete against students from across the country in events like building spaghetti bridges, carpentry and hairdressing.

Those who earn a gold medal at the provincials will have the chance to take part in the Canadian Skills Competition held in Vancouver at B.C. Place Stadium from June 5 to 8. The Peace Region has had several provincial gold medallists in the past, most recently Andrew Lines for Aircraft Maintenance in 2011, who went on to earn a silver at nationals. In 1999 Tyler Marion made it all the way to Worlds for carpentry.

The full team members are below:

Junior Skills

· Gravity Vehicle Race: Hudson Henderson and Kevin White (DCSS, Central Campus)
· Spaghetti Bridge: Caleb Willms and Skyler Chowace (DCSS, Central Campus)

Secondary Skills

· Architectural CAD: Raz Petrick (DCSS, South Peace Campus)
· Automotive Service: Jess Robinson (NPSS)
· Baking: Kathryn Stickel (NLC/NPSS Dual Credit)
· Cabinetmaking: Jarred Sutherland (DCSS, South Peace Campus)
· Carpentry: Matt Link (NLC/DCSS Dual Credit)
· Hairdressing: Brooke Copeland (NPSS)
· TV/Video Production: James Ashwell and Nick Tutin (DCSS, South Peace Campus)
· 2D Computer Animation: Korynn Oberle and Zac Shwartz (DCSS, South Peace Campus)

Post-Secondary Skills

· Aircraft Maintenance: Luke Larsen, Maverick Millen, David Hill (all from NLC)
· Carpentry: Ben Scholten (NLC)
· Electrical Wiring: Jacob Elliot (NLC)
· Hairdressing: Meesha Beaulieu (NLC)

Coaches/Staff: Jamie Maxwell, DCSS South Peace Campus; Shaun Henry, DCSS Central Campus; Robert McAleney, NLC Electrical instructor; Jerri Kurtz, NLC Cosmetology instructor; and Kara Myllimaki, NPSS.