On April 26, 2018 Westwind students had the opportunity to compete in the 2018 South West Regional Skills Canada Competition, which is 1 of 9 regional events held throughout Alberta. The Regional Skills events showcase trades and technology occupations and reward students for their performance and commitment to these career paths. The Regional Competition is designed to develop a career awareness strategy that motivates youth to consider trades and technology occupations as a first-choice career option.
Westwind students from Magrath and Raymond competed in carpentry, baking and hairstyling and came away with one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Representing Westwind in the carpentry competition MHS student Matt Jackson was able to quickly and efficiently competed his assigned task of building a small picnic table. He was able to quickly determine what needed to be done and worked efficiently to produce a great final product!
In the baking competition Westwind was represented by Sam Jackson (MHS) and Oksanna Zumbach (RHS). They were tasked with making a challah bread, eclairs, shortbread cookies, and a decorated cake, all in four hours, with the final product both looking good and tasting good. They both did an outstanding job! Sam was awarded a bronze medal and was recognized for exhibiting great creativity in the presentation of his products and the judges were very pleased with the taste of his items.
Students from Magrath and Raymond also competed in the hairstyling competition and did very well. Kate Boehme (MHS) Abby Zobel (MHS) and Shannon Worsey (RHS) competed in junior hairstyling (braiding) and Kate Boehme received a Bronze medal.
Competing in the intermediate hairstyling (bridal) was Kate Boehme (MHS), Tip Jones (RHS), Angelina Halvorsen (RHS) and Abby Jensen (RHS). Kate Boehme (MHS) received a silver medal in this competition and was the only individual in the South West Region to be awarded medals in two events! "This was Magrath High Schools first year to compete in hairstyling at the Regional Skills Competition" says Mrs. Barb Broadhead, Cosmetology teacher at Magrath High School. "The girls have been working on their designs for the past two months. As pioneers in this event, they have set the bar high for MHS."
Ms. Rebecca Rompain, cosmetology and foods teacher at Raymond High School emphasized that she was so proud of the work her students put in as they prepared to for the day. "I was so impressed with every student from RHS who competed" she said. "They were all very well prepared and professional throughout the entire event!"
Congratulations to everyone who participated! We are proud to call you Westwind students and we look forward to your future success.