Twelve students from the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) brought home medals from the recent Skills Canada provincials that were held in Prince Albert on April 10 and 11.
Five students won gold medals, and four of them have qualified for the national competition: Rebecca Blackburn in hairstyling, Regan MacMurchy in mechanical CAD, and Kyle Goulet and Vincent Dupuis in television and video production.
Nationals will be in early June in Toronto.
Gintare Zingel won gold in the junior hairstyling bridal competition, but there isn't a national competition for that event.
Silver medals went to Shilynne Ward in architectural CAD, Lorie Tedford in photography and Shane Shiestel in welding.
Bronze medallists were Shelby Tytlandsvik in architectural CAD, Whitney Gervais in baking, Keagan Fieber in outdoor power, and Jaclyn Schindel in junior hairstyling braids.
A total of 23 ECS students went to provincials, so more than half who were in Prince Albert earned a medal.
"The level of competition is getting more and more difficult," said ECS photography and communication media instructor Brian Wright, who is one of the coaches for the school's Skills Canada entrants. "Every school learns a little bit from the previous years, and learns and sees which new techniques and things are going on."
Approximately 450 students competed at provincials this year, Wright said, so the talent pool for Skills Canada in Saskatchewan continues to grow.
"It is a great competition," said Wright. "And it's really great to be able to showcase the kids with their skills and their abilities. For some of them, it will be in their lifelong pursuit where their career is going to take them. For others, it's just an interest."
Some of the students had intensive training sessions with their coaches, prior to provincials, to help them prepare for the competition, Wright said.
The community also offers support, Wright said, as they help the students prepare with the latest technology and industry standards.