Silver skills for Lord Tweedsmuir

Local students bring home silver from the regional Skills Canada competition.

Hayden Rewald competes in carpentry at the 2011 Lower Fraser Valley Skills Canada regional competition.

Local high school students Ken Souder and Hayden Rewald turned in silver medal performances at this year’s regional trades and technology skills competition.

Souder, a student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, earned his medal in the architectural CADD event at the March 4 event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Rewald, also of LTS, earned his silver in carpentry.

He was one of six gold, seven silver, and nine bronze medals earned by Surrey students at the Lower Fraser Valley Skills Canada regional competition.

More than half of the 180 students at this year’s event were from Surrey schools.

Students competed in 14 categories, from automotive service and cabinet making to fashion design, welding, and culinary arts.

There are also junior skills competitions in gravity car and sumo robot events.

The skills competition aims to boost interest in the trades and technology fields as careers.

Gold medalists advance to the provincial Skills Canada Competition in April. From there, winners advance to the nationals in Quebec in June. National winners qualify for the WorldSkills International event in London next fall.