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May 29, 2003 10:36 AM

Conestoga Students Win Eleven Medals at Skills Ontario Event

Conestoga College students are taking home eleven medals for their excellent performances at the 14th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), presented by Skills Canada - Ontario.

The event, held May 26-28 at RIM Park in Waterloo, attracted more than 900 secondary and postsecondary entrants who competed in a total of 46 contests. In all, the OTSC had representation from 49 Ontario Boards of Education and 15 colleges.

In the 12 years Conestoga students have been involved in the OTSC, they have earned a total of 107 medals, the best overall performance by any Ontario college. This year, Conestoga students won four gold, four silver and three bronze medals. A number of these medal winners will go on to compete in the national Canada Skills Competition, May 29-June 1 in Waterloo.

Conestoga's gold medal winners are Andrew Chapman in the postsecondary cabinetmaking competition, Cathy Lewis in industrial maintenance millwright, Brent Stevenson in electrical wiring and Alicia Weber in electronics.

Earning silver were the team of Jeremy Binkle and Len Dyck in mechatronics, Brian Harvey in architectural computer-aided design drafting, Scott Hickey in electrical wiring and Tim Oakley in industrial mechanic millwright.

Bronze medals went to Darby Burse in welding, Ryan Rawn in electrical wiring and David Sawchuck in cabinetmaking.

In addition, two Graphic Design program students received recognition for their special efforts. Lori Goldthorp won the competition to design the commemorative pin for the 14th OTSC, while Amanda Sipoly took honours for her winning design for the event's promotional poster. Conestoga woodworking faculty member Mark Forgeron was named one of three winners of this year's Glenn Beatty Award, presented by Skills Canada - Ontario for outstanding volunteer service in connection with the OTSC and the events of Skills Canada - Ontario.

CONTACT: Tom Franks, 519-748-5220, ext. 3800, tfranks@conestogac.on.ca

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