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Keswick, Thornhill and Woodbridge students top competitions

Two Grade 12 students from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School in Keswick finished first in the widely-popular, TV and Video Production Competition at the Ontario Technological Skills competition’s provincial qualification round which was recently held at Humber College.

The team, consisting of students Kellie Anderson and Aaron McMurtry, beat out 17 other teams from secondary schools across the GTA, and beyond, by successfully producing a 30-second commercial entitled, “Clean Air, No Substitutions.” They planned, scripted, shot the footage for- and edited the video, all within the 3 ½ hour time limit. The first place finish allowed the team to advance to the final provincial competition, this May in Waterloo. An especially rewarding experience, as last year Kellie and Aaron finished second, in the qualification round, and did not advance.

For the competition in Waterloo, teams from across Ontario will be given 6 ½ hours to produce a 1 ½ - 2 minute promotional video, on a theme, only stated at the beginning of the competition. They will be expected to create a storyboard, production brief, and take part in an interview portion, for the competition, in addition to shooting and editing the video.

The Ontario Technological Skills Competition is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. With over 1900 students competing in over 60 different skilled trade contests. It aims to promote skilled trade and technology careers to Ontario’s youth.

Students who are successful at the provincial competition will advance to the Skills Canada National Competition, where they will have the opportunity to compete against students from across Canada.

York Students win gold medals at York Region Science Fair

Stephanie Gaglione, Grade 12 student at St. Robert Catholic High School in Thornhill, along with Lisa Marie DiVona, Grade 11 student at Father Bressani Catholic High School in Woodbridge, recently picked up gold medals at this year’s York Region Science Fair.

Stephanie earned the gold for her science fair project entitled, ‘Insulin-mediated Translational Suppression of ApolipoproteinB100 mRNA by Decapping Activator Chh1.’ She will move on to compete in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge (SABC) at York University. The competition is a biotechnology-focused science competition that exposes high school students to related career possibilities.

Lisa Marie DiVona earned the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Toronto Section Award, gold medal for her science fair project, ‘Identification of New Aurora Kinase Inhibitors for the treatment of Human Neuroblastoma.’ This win will allow for Lisa to be part of Team Ontario at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Charlottetown, PEI, this May.

The CWSF is the culmination of school, school-board, and regional science fairs. It aims to help participants benchmark their scientific and technological achievements against those of peers and to create a positive scientific and social experience for the youth involved.

The York Catholic District School Board is proud of its award-winning students and wishes them the best of luck in their upcoming competitions.