Media Release


Friday, May 24, 2024

The Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) is proud to announce the participation of several of its students in the Skills Ontario Competition held at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 6 and 7. This annual event showcases the exceptional talents and skills of students across the province, providing a platform for them to demonstrate their expertise in various trades and technologies.

The Skills Ontario Competition is a significant event that brings together students, educators, and industry professionals to celebrate and encourage excellence in skilled trades and technologies. This year AMDSB had 37 students from the following schools: Upper Thames ES, Sprucedale PS, Elma Township PS, Stratford Intermediate School, South Huron District HS, Goderich District Collegiate Institute, Stratford District SS and Listowel District SS. They competed in a variety of events from LEGO Mechanical Engineering, Technology, and Character Animation, to VEX Robotics, Green Energy, Workplace Safety, and Carpentry. These students demonstrated remarkable proficiency, creativity, and dedication and their participation emphasizes the Board’s commitment to fostering practical skills and providing students with opportunities to excel beyond the classroom.

"We are very proud of our students for their hard work and dedication in preparing for and competing in this event," said Tim Bickell, Student Success Coach. "Their achievements are a testament to the education and training provided by our schools, and we are thrilled to see them represent our district on such a grand stage."

The Board extends its gratitude to the teachers and mentors who have guided and supported the students throughout their preparation and competition as these efforts play a crucial role in preparing students not only for the competition but also for their next steps in education and beyond. OYAP Recruiter, Jodi Froud said “This type of competition does not happen without the dedication and guidance of the educators in the schools who are not only preparing these students for the competition, but also spending many hours outside of the classroom teaching the students concepts and strategies that may be utilized during the competition itself. The Skills Ontario competition is a prime example of how teaching students problem solving, communication and collaboration skills can be fundamental to success.”

AMDSB  is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievement of Upper Thames ES. One of the two teams secured a silver medal in the grade 4-6 Character Animation Competition. This impressive result follows their remarkable performance last year when they won gold in the same competition. Their consistent excellence exemplifies the dedication, skill, and hard work of both the students and educators.

For more information about OYAP, Skills Ontario or other pathways programming offered at the Avon Maitland District School Board, visit

For more information, please contact:
Chera Longston, Communications Manager\
519-301-6363 (cell); [email protected] 


Image 1: LDSS Students Competing in Team of Two Carpentry. Left: LDSS students Mac Frey and Kiyran Coulter

Image 2: Upper Thames Elementary students win silver medal in Character Animation (grade 4-6). Left: UTES Students Edwin Emmerson, Evelyn Ward, Porter Harbinson & Malea Walkom.

Image 3: Sprucedale Public School students: VEX Robotics (grade 4-6). Left: Sprucedale Public School Katherine Missio, Julia Glitz, Nash Wynette & Keagan Hodgson.

Image 4: Stratford Intermediate School Students: VEX Robotics (grades 7-8). Left: SIS Students Nora Auster, Michael Olsen, Evan Ehnes & Teddy Turczyniak.

Image 5: Upper Thames Elementary Students: LEGO Mechanical Engineering (grades 4-6). Left: UTES Students Landon Benneweis, Clara Vanden Hoven, Alayna Terpstra & Jacob Antoine.