Barrie students win skills medals

Two Barrie students brought medals home from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, held last week in Waterloo.
Steve Giampa and Dave Hurst from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Barrie won a bronze medal in 3D Character Animation at the competition which attracted 1,800 competitors from across Canada, and more than 30,000 spectators.
The competition is geared towards promoting skilled trade and technology careers across Ontario.
Two other students, Chris Boker and Alex Courchesne from St. Theresa’s Catholic High School in Midland, also took home medals – they won a gold in Virtual Robotics. In all, 18 students from the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board represented their schools at the competition.
In the 3D Animation category, the ability, skill and knowledge of animation of entrants planning to work in the field were evaluated. Skills required include drawing, solid storytelling and, obviously, animation talent.
On the morning of the competition students were provided the structure of the project to be created.
In the Virtual Robotics category, students were given the opportunity to demonstrate, through practical and theoretical application, their skills and task knowledge of various industry needs.

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