Conestoga news

May 5, 2005 11:26 AM

Conestoga Students Win 11 Ontario Skills Medals

At the 16th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), which showcases the province’s best technical students, Conestoga College continued its record of success as 11 students earned post-secondary level medals for their knowledge and applied skills in a variety of competition categories.

In 14 years of OTSC involvement, Conestoga students have now garnered a grand total of 128 medals. This year’s result includes five gold, three silver and three bronze medals. All the gold-medal winners will now go on to compete in the Skills Canada national competition, which takes place June 3-6 in Edmonton.

The OTSC event, sponsored by Skills Canada - Ontario, took place in Waterloo on May 2-3 and involved more than 900 secondary and post-secondary participants in more than 30 competition categories, while attracting nearly 10,000 visitors.

The gold medal winners are:
Pam Bunker of Gorrie, Ont. -- A student in the Construction Engineering Technology - Architecture program, she won the architectural computer-aided design drafting contest.
Matt Lindsay of Belwood, Ont. -- A Mechanical Technician/Apprenticeship program student, he finished first in the precision machining competition,
Michael McLellan of Mount Forest -- A student in the baccalaureate Integrated Advanced Manufacturing Technologies program, he earned top honours in the mechanical computer-aided design drafting event.
John Poidevin of Milton -- A student in the Electronics Engineering Technology - Telecommunications Systems program, he won the electronics competition.
Ben VanDorp of Egbert, Ont. -- A Manufacturing Engineering Technician - Welding and Robotics program student, he finished first in the welding competition.

Both Bunker and VanDorp also took gold medals in their respective categories at the 2004 OTSC.

The silver medal winners are:
Brent Darlington of Port Stanley -- A Woodworking Technology program student, he competed in the cabinetmaking event.
Aaron Engel of Woodstock -- A student in the Construction Engineering Technology - Architecture program, he finished second behind classmate Pam Bunker in architectural computer-aided design drafting.
Fadi Patros of Kitchener -- A Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automated Manufacturing student, he competed in the computer-aided manufacturing event.

Winning bronze medals were:
Frieder Laepple of Petersburg -- An Automotive Service Technician student, he competed in the automotive service contest.
Walter Ottiger of Rodney, Ont. -- A Woodworking Technology student, he earned his medal in the cabinetmaking event.
Michael J. Steel of Kitchener -- An apprentice in the Carpenter General program, he participated in the carpentry - individual competition.

In another activity related to the 16th annual OTSC, Conestoga Graphic Design student David Kreutzkamp won the competition to design the commemorative lapel pin, a memento presented to all participants, faculty advisers and event sponsors.

CONTACT: Tom Franks, 519-748-5220, ext. 3800