On March 19 and 20, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) secondary students participated in the Best in TLDSB, testing their skills in construction, electrical, welding, and automotive trades.
On day one, construction competitions took place at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School (BMLSS). Students were put into teams and given an outline for their build to complete within the given timeline.
Throughout the day, two single teams built dog houses, four two-person teams built planter benches, and three four-person teams built sheds.
Industry experts from the community attended and judged the students on various aspects of the final products, including the organization of tools and materials, safety, the efficiency of materials used to reduce waste, as well as the quality of the work indicating an understanding and application of building processes.
The winning individual team was a student from Fenelon Falls Secondary School (FFSS). The winning two-person team was from Huntsville High School (HHS). And the winning four-person team was from FFSS.
Day two of the competition took place at FFSS. Following the same structure as the previous day, three students competed in electrical installation, five students competed in welding, and another five students competed in automotive.
The winning electrical student was from FFSS. The winning welding students were from HHS and FFSS. And the winning automotive student was from BMLSS.
The top two welding students will move on to the pre-qualifier event taking place on April 6 at Georgian College. Each of the other winning teams and/or individuals will move directly to the Skills Ontario Competition taking place May 6 to 8 in Toronto, where they will compete against students from across the province.