COMOX VALLEY, B.C. – Seven Comox Valley secondary school students put on an impressive showing at the Skills Canada BC provincial competition in Abbotsford last month.

A student working at an electronics station. Photo courtesy Mary Lee, SD71.

More than 600 students from across British Columbia took part in the challenge, competing in diverse fields such as aerospace, automotive, 3D animation, baking, welding and robotics.

Mark R. Isfeld’s Eony Kim took silver in website design, while Kalissa Heinrich won bronze in photography. Highland Secondary secured gold and bronze in mini sumo robotics, courtesy of Sawyer McClellan and Zane Henderson, respectively.

Three students from G.P. Vanier earned medals. Josh Child won gold in electronics, while Reanne Matte and Will Enns took silver in 2D animation.

“It’s amazing to see the skill level of students at this competition and realize that these kids are our future designers, coders, fabricators and troubleshooters,” said technology teach at Mark R. Isfeld, Steve Claassen.

“Our valley is fortunate to have some very skilled students and most years at least one reaches the nationals and comes back with a medal.”

The annual provincial event brings together students from grades six through 12 to compete in front of an audience of over 5,000 attendees.