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June 10, 2011 8:12 AM

Conestoga Students Excel at National Skills Competition

Congratulations to Conestoga students Andrew Elg of Listowel, Marshall McPherson of Kitchener , Petro Prymak of Kitchener and David Roberts of Cambridge, who joined approximately 500 other students from across Canada to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition held in Quebec City from June 1-4.

All four earned their spots in the event after attaining gold medal finishes at the provincial competition held in Waterloo early in May.

In the national competition, Prymak, a Brick and Stone Mason Apprenticeship student, captured gold once again with a first-place finish in Brick Masonry. Elg, a student in the General Machinist Apprenticeship program, was awarded the silver medal in Precision Machining. McPherson, a Hospitality Management - Hotel and Restaurant student, captured the bronze medal in Restaurant Service. Roberts, a student in Conestoga’s Electronics Engineering Technician program, finished just out of the medals, earning fifth place in Electronics.

Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is a national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices across the country. Promoted as Canada’s biggest trade and technology challenge, the event brings together 500 student competitors to showcase their skills in more than 40 trade and technology contest areas.

Skills Canada is a voluntary association of educators, business and industrial leaders, and government representatives that promotes the value and importance of technical careers and education to young Canadians. More information, including full competition results, is available at

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Andrew Elg, Silver medalist Petro Prymak, Gold medalist