Composite Student Wins Silver at National Skills Competition

Ben Petruk, a grade 12 student at Fort McMurray Composite High School, was awarded second place (Silver Medal) at the Canada Skills Competition, May 30th, 2015 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Ben Petruk, a grade 12 student at Fort McMurray Composite High School, was awarded second place (Silver Medal) at the Canada Skills Competition, May 30th, 2015 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Ben Petruk, a grade 12 student at Fort McMurray Composite High School, was awarded second place (Silver Medal) at the Canada Skills Competition, May 30th, 2015 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Over 500 students from high schools, apprenticeship programs and postsecondary programs from across Canada competed in 46 different events based on trades including construction, manufacturing, technology and service.
This is the first time a student from FMPSD has qualified for the National Skills competition and the first time a medal has been brought back to Fort McMurray.
Sean Rose, teacher and Carpentry Coach: “He didn’t have any problems at all. Ben had 7 hours the first day and 5 hours the second day to complete the project. It is really hard to get it done – they have to be very fast at building. We’re pretty sure only Ben and the gold medal winner actually finished the shed. He was done with about 45 minutes left in the competition so he had lots of time to do some touchups and some sanding.to make it perfect at the end.”
Judges were looking for completion of the project – how well the students followed the provided plans but there was also rubric used to judge student methods that included the quality of the completed project, the use of safety gear and a safe approach to the project, professionalism and a clean working space,
Ben also took this opportunity to visit the city of Saskatoon where he will be living next year attending the University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Accounting program.