DSBN Students Own the Podium in Saskatoon 

 

Two DSBN qualified to test their skills against the best in Canada at the Skills Canada National Competition, and both students returned with medals for their efforts! With a gold medal win, Eli Schonewille from Port Colborne High School (PCHS) is now known as the top student welder in Canada. Fort Erie Secondary’s (FESS) Katrina Waters put her artistry in the kitchen on display, earning a silver medal in the baking challenge.  

 

His win in Saskatoon marks Eli’s second gold medal at the nationals in as many years. He also won gold in the welding challenge at least year’s event held in Toronto. PCHS teacher Vic Barker says “Eli is an outstanding student. He took his first welding course here at PCHS and has learned and refined his skills in the classroom and through countless hours of practice.”  

 

Katrina Waters earned a bronze medal in the baking challenge, capping off a year that saw her win gold in the Niagara College Cook Off and the provincial skills challenges. She is a Grade 11 student but has already made plans to enter Pastry Chef Training at Niagara College. Katrina began training with FESS teacher Afshin Keyvani in Grade 7 at the school’s cake decorating club. Katrina has also served as a member of the FESS’ student-run restaurant, The Pomegranate, since 2014.  

 

Kevin Graham, team leader for Technology and Experiential Education offered his congratulations to all students and staff for their participation, effort and success at all levels of the skills competitions (Board, Provincial and National).  

 

The national competitions were held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 27-30.