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Bronze at SCNC for Verwey

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Brice Verwey working on a vehicle at the national skills competition in Edmonton, Alta., last week where he placed third in Canada. (supplied photo)

Brice Verwey working on a vehicle at the national skills competition in Edmonton, Alta., last week where he placed third in Canada. (supplied photo)

Portage Collegiate Institute student Brice Verwey brought home a bronze medal in Automotive Technology at the 24th Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) held June 4-5 at the EXPO Centre in Edmonton, Alba.

“It was a lot bigger of a competition,” says Verwey. “You could feel how competitive it really was, and it was definitely a lot more challenging. It was a really good way to end my high school career. I enjoyed myself and had a really good time.

Verwey was accompanied to the event by teacher Mr. Benedictson and they even had some time to take in the West Edmonton Mall in the process. The competition tests trade’s students in regards to their abilities and knowledge of different professions at both the high school and post-secondary level, and things were a little more complicated in each event at the national level. 

“The competition was basically the same principals as the provincial one, but there was more to do at each station,” says Verwey. “I don’t think I finished any of the station tests and it was a lot more challenging that way. They really stepped it up for the national championship.”

Verwey still doesn’t plan to pursue automotive work as a career even though he’s incredibly skilled in the area. He says it’s just something he’s been interested in his whole life and plans to continue fixing up things like snowmobiles, tractors, and trucks on the family farm.

Verwey won gold at the provincial competition in April.


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