York Catholic students show-off their skills

On Wednesday, March 27th, students from York Catholic secondary schools competed in the first-ever Board-wide Technological Skills Competition. This competition was a qualifying event for the regional and provincial Ontario Technological Skills Competitions.

Judged by industry experts, students competed in one of five categories: Auto Service, Coding, Hairstyling, Photography, and TV/Video.

Auto Service

Students faced time-limited challenges that tested their technical abilities and knowledge of the auto service industry. Students worked on electrical series and parallel circuits, brake flaring, drum assembly suspension, engine timing, and more. Congratulations to the following students who will move on to provincial competitions on May 7, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre:

  • Gold  – Samuel Luff from St. Brother Andre CHS
  • Silver – Vincent Servinis from St. Brother Andre CHS
  • Bronze – Francesco Rende from Holy Cross CA

Coding

Students were tested in various programming areas including problem-solving and knowledge of flow charts, user requirements, test plans, presentation skills, mathematics, variables, file input and output, control structures, and more. Congratulations to the following students who will move on to provincial competitions on May 7, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre:

  • Gold – Dante Crescenzi from Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Silver – Manchind Arora from Father Michael McGivney CA
  • Bronze – Angelo Malo from Holy Cross CA

Hairstyling

Working under time restraints on mannequins, students cut, coloured and styled hair in three different ways: an ‘elegant evening long hairstyle/up-do,’ a ‘classic men’s cut and style,’ and ‘a women’s trendy cut and style.’ Students were assessed on their design and execution. Congratulations to the following students who will move on to provincial competitions on May 7, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre:

  • Gold – Breanna Hayhoe from St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS
  • Silver – Francesca Mazzucco from St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS
  • Bronze – Ramzia Kanbar – From Holy Cross CA

Photography

This was a three-part competition where students submitted their best photo, which was framed and displayed, as well as a portfolio submission of 20 photos. Students in this competition also took ten photos the day of the competition, which was judged. Students were assessed on their photographic eye, technical ability, creative content, and editing skills. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their work. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will move on to provincial competitions on May 7, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre:

  • Gold – Christina Amirkhanian from St. Brother Andre CHS
  • Silver – Madison Raso from Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Bronze – Andrew Scarlato from St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS
  • Best Overall Framed Photograph – Madison Raso from Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Best Overall Digital Portfolio – Madison Raso from Cardinal Carter CHS

Best Overall Photograph – Madison Raso from Cardinal Carter CHS

TV/Video – This competition featured teams of two that recorded and edited a 30-second public service announcement. Students were assessed on their creative content, technical abilities in both recording and editing, and overall structure of their PSA. Congratulations to the following students who will will advance to the regional skills competition on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Humber College North in Toronto.

  • Gold – Megan Raso & Jillian Buentipo from Cardinal Carter CHS
  • Silver – Michael Speciale and Daniel Marte from St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS
  • Bronze – Robbie Burns and Nick Mongillo from St. Brother Andre CHS

**Special thanks to all students who participated in the photography competition for also providing the photography for this story. ***