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Meet four Cow High students with mad skills

Quamichan students who came out winners in the Skills Canada competition, from left to right, Cole Gilbert (1st automotive), Kyle Kononowicz (2nd welding), Micah Cracknell (3rd electronics), Scott Kennedy (3rd automotive), Spencer Macey (2nd electronics), and Connor Wardrop, Colin Balme, and Oliver Bontkes (1st for their gravity car).  - Ashley Degraaf
Quamichan students who came out winners in the Skills Canada competition, from left to right, Cole Gilbert (1st automotive), Kyle Kononowicz (2nd welding), Micah Cracknell (3rd electronics), Scott Kennedy (3rd automotive), Spencer Macey (2nd electronics), and Connor Wardrop, Colin Balme, and Oliver Bontkes (1st for their gravity car).
— image credit: Ashley Degraaf

There is one thing you can count on every year from Cowichan Secondary School: success in the annual Skills Canada competition.

Four Cow High students headed to Abbotsford yesterday to compete in the Skills Canada provincials after winning their regional competitions March 28 at Victoria's Camosun College.

Cole Gilbert won in the senior Automotive Service category, while  Colin Balme, Connor Wardrop and Oliver Bontkes combined to win the junior skills gravity vehicle race Gold.

They are the latest in a steady stream of CSS students to reach the provincials in this trades-focused, judged event.

"We're kind of like the Detroit of the island with the emphasis on trades and the support for trades," teacher Ryan Gough said.

Cowichan silver medalists in the regionals included: Spencer Macey (electronics) and Kyle Kononowicz (welding), while Scott Kennedy (automotive), Micah Cracknell (electronics) Ben Ecklin, Eric Beaudet and Evan Shumka (gravity vehicle race) won bronze.

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