Trades & Technology Apprenticeship

Skills Competitions - Regional Skills

High school student doing automotive service skills as part of Regional Skills at Lakeland College
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Then represent your high school at Lakeland 's regional event.
Our trades department hosts an annual regional skills competition.  The first event was in 2008.

 You can compete in::
  • auto service
  • baking
  • carpentry
  • cabinet making
  • culinary arts
  • electrical installations
  • hairstyling - junior & intermediate
  • television & video production
  • welding
See the Skills Canada Alberta scopes page for more information.
Gold and silver medalists move on to Alberta Skills.
See 2018-2020 results in the drop downs below. Regional results from 2008 - 2017 are available on the results archive page.
Seventy-eight competitors from 11 high schools participated in the 2020 edition of Lakeland's regional skills on February 28.
Some of the competitors have been to regional skills before, and that included some returning to the medal podium.
  • Michaela McPherson of Holy Rosary (Lloydminster) is now a triple gold medalist in culinary arts 
  • Aiden Schultz, of Camrose Composite, capture gold for the second consecutive year in automotive service
  • MacKenzie De Crescenzo & Sierrah Bennett, of Holy Rosary High School, repeated as video production gold medalists.
  • Corey Freimark moved from silver to gold in welding, while Zach Brown went to silver from gold. Both students are from Holy Rosary in Lloydminster
  • Tirhas Tirfe moved from a bronze in junior hairstyling to gold.
Gold and silver medalists will now represent the region at Alberta Skills in May.
Participating schools were:
  • Avery Outreach School (Lloydminster)
  • Camrose Composite High School
  • Dr. Folkins Community School (Chauvin)
  • Holy Rosary High School (Lloydminster)
  • Irma School
  • J. R. Robson School (Vermilion)
  • Kitscoty Junior Senior High School
  • Lamont High School
  • Lloydminster Comprehensive High School
  • St. Paul Regional High School
  • Vegreville Composite High School
Auto Service
1. Aiden Schultz, Camrose  Comp
2. Michael Schroeder, Camrose Comp
3. Wyatt Richardson, JR Robson
1. Marian McPhail, Vegreville Comp
2. Destiny Brophy, Lamont
3. Avery Atkinson, JR Robson
1. Troy Taperla, Camrose Comp
2. William McPhee, Camrose Comp
3. Austin Petterson, Camrose Comp
1. Chase Squires, Irma School
2. Ben Braaten, Camrose Comp
3. Connor Zlatner-Cobourn, Holy Rosary
Culinary Arts
1. Michaela McPherson, Holy Rosary
2.Adelyn Kroeker, Lamont
3.Rafael Pantoja, Holy Rosary
 Electrical Installation
1. Travis Loetkeman, Avery Outreach
2. Austin Doree, Lloyd Comp
3. Chad Nichol, Camrose Comp
Hairstyling Junior
1. Tirhas Tirfe, Lloyd Comp
2. Mackenzie Duffee, Lloydminster Comp
3. Elizabeth Salinas, Camrose Comp
Hairstyling Intermediate
1. Lauren Linstrand, Camrose Comp
2. SolomeTsegay , Lloyd Comp 
3. Emma Minish, Lloyd Comp
1. Corey Freimark , Holy Rosary
2. Zachary Brown, Holy Rosary
3. Jenaya Ferguson, Lloyd Comp
TV/Video Production 
1. MacKenzie De Crescenzo & Sierrah Bennett, Holy Rosary High School see video above
2. Natalie Elvira & Kyla. Morin, Holy Rosary  Silver medal regional skills video 2020
3. Sameer Khamis & Marcus Taylor, Lamont School Bronze meal regional skills video 2020
Competitors from 13 high schools participated in the 2019 edition of Lakeland's regional skills.
Video production had 14 competitors in 7 teams, there were 13 welders from 7 schools and 11 automotive service from 7 schools.
Some of the competitors have been to regional skills before, and that included some returning to the medal podium.
  • Aiden Schultz, of Camrose Composite, moved from bronze to gold in automotive service
  • Ciaus Doig, also from Camrose, repeated as the gold medalist in cabinet making.
  • Michaela McPherson of Holy Rosary (Lloydminster) returned for another gold medal in culinary arts
  • Brenna Nelson, of Lloyd Comp,  won gold in junior hairstlying in 2018 and earned bronze in intermediate this year. This is her 3rd medal as they won silver in the junior category in 2017.
  • Holy Rosary's Falyn Sanderson won a second consecutive bronze in baking
  • Tanner Harbin claimed a second medal in electrical installations, this time a bronze after a gold in 2018
 Gold and silver medalists go on to the Alberta Skills competition in May.
Auto Service
1. Aiden Schultz, Camrose  Comp
2. Ben Malo, St. Paul Regional
3. Nolan Logelin, Lloyd Comp
1. Threa Kusch, Holy Rosay
2. Hayley Pawliuk, Vegreville Comp
3. Falyn Sanderson, Holy Rosary
1. Ciaus Doig, Camrose Comp
2. Carter Freimark, Holy Rosary
3. Jesse Borgfjord , Camrose Comp
1. Wyatt Lavallee, Lloyd Comp 
2. Landon Daschuk, Holy Rosary
3. Josh Franz, Camrose Comp
Culinary Arts
1. Michaela McPherson, Holy Rosary
2.Trinity Spenst, Lamont
 Electrical Installation
1. Austin Loetkeman, Avery Outreach
2. Danté Beaucage-Harper, Avery Outreach
3. Tanner Harbin, Lloyd Comp
Hairstyling Intermediate
1. Brooklyn Gammond, Lloyd Comp
2. Taryn Plandowski, Lloydminster Comp
3. Brenna Nelson, Lloydminster Comp
Hairstyling Junior
1. Georgia Borus, Camrose Comp
2. Himeno Suzki , Camrose Comp 
3. Tirhas Tirfe, Lloyd Comp
1. Zachary Brown, Holy Rosary
2. Corey Freimark, Holy Rosary
3. Alex Hart, Lloyd Comp
TV/Video Production 
1. MacKenzie De Crescenzo & Sierrah Bennett, Holy Rosary High School. See their video below.
2. Jayna Bryan & Kai McCallum, Lloydminster Comprehensive High School. 2019 Silver Medal Regional Skills video
3. Savannah Shenher & James Fichtner, Lloydminster Comprehensive High School. 2019 Bronze Medal Regional Skills video
Watch the gold medal video.
Competitors from 9 schools from Lamont in the west to Lloydminster in the east, and south as far as Edgerton were part of the 2018 regional skills competition on April 27.
Returning participants showed they had honed their skills and moved up to a higher ranking:
  • Moving from bronze to gold were Blake Johnston in auto service, Kyle Sieben and Glenmar Davila in video production
  • Upping last year's silver to gold were Brenna Nelson in junior hairstyling and Ryan Phillips in welding
  • Moving up from bronze to silver was Eric Stephens in electrical installation, 

Gold and silver medalists go on to the Alberta Skills competition.

Auto Service
1.Blake Johnston, Vegreville Comp
2.Braden Hunka, Vegreville Comp
3.Aiden Schultz, Camrose  Comp
1.Elizabeth Irving, JR Robson, Vermilion
2. Emily Priel, Holy Rosary High, Lloydminster
3. Falyn Sanderson, Holy Rosary
1. Ciaus Doig, Camrose Comp
2. Graham Walger, Camrose Comp
3. Dan Matiushyk , Camrose Comp
1. Chevy Charbonneau, Camrose Comp 
2. Keegan King, Camrose Comp
3. Kieran Speck, Mannville
Culinary Arts
1. Michaela McPherson, Holy Rosary
2.Inrica Olorvida, Holy Rosary
 Electrical Installation
1. Tanner Harbin, Lloyd Comp
2. Eric Stephens, Lloyd Comp
3.Austin Young, Camrose Comp
Hairstyling Intermediate
1. Courtney Rieger, Lloydminster Comp
2. Amber Ricks, Lloydminster Comp
3. Taylor Oman, Lloydminster  Comp
Hairstyling Junior
1. Brenna Nelson, Lloyd Comp
2.Casandra Law, Camrose Comp 
3. Sumayya, Lloyd Comp
1. Ryan Phillips, EH Walter School, Paradise Valley
2. Maxwell Moffat, EH Walter School
3. Katie Naeth, Holy Rosary
TV/Video Production 
1. Kyle Sieben & Glenmar Davila, Lloyd Comp See their video below
2. Marcus Taylor & Sameer Khamis, Lamont High School 2018 Silver Medal Video
3. Leyton Bates & Meaghan Stewart, JR Robson
See photos on This Flickr collection has individual albums from the annual regional competitions.
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