Sherwood Park, AB. — Ryan Braat discovered his love for welding when he was 12-years old, helping his dad make fire pits in their backyard. Fast forward five years, and that passion has paid off with a first-place finish at the 2018 Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC). “It was a great experience for me to compete against other skilled welders across the province,” says Braat. “It was my first year competing in Skills so I wasn’t expecting much which made winning gold even more exhilarating.”

Braat, Grade 11, along with 15 other students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) recently competed in this year’s PSCC—Alberta’s largest trade and technology career show—on May 31 to June 1. Over the course of two days, students were tasked with completing a challenge relevant to their respective trade. All completed projects had to meet industry standards and were then judged by a panel of experts. Despite fierce levels of competition, Braat made it to the podium, taking home gold in the Welding category.

“Skills competitors need to have a great attitude, strong drive and incredible focus,” says Wade Martinson, a career and technology studies teacher at Bev Facey Community High. “Ryan has gone above and beyond, putting in countless evenings and weekends to prepare, and it’s definitely paid off. This has been a chance for him to go beyond abstract classroom concepts and take on real-world problems in his chosen field.”

Approximately 500 high school students from across Alberta competed in this year’s PSCC. The competition featured more than 30 unique events ranging from robotics to auto services, and graphic design to baking. Students who placed first in their respective categories will now represent Team Alberta at the 2018 Skills National Competition in Edmonton this week. For Lamont High, this is the first year students have participated in the competition, in both the video production and IT network systems administration categories.

Other EIPS students who competed in the 2018 PSCC include:

Braden Hunka; Automobile Technology; Vegreville Composite High

Blake Johnston; Automobile Technology; Vegreville Composite High

Andrik Jacobsen; Cabinet Making; Bev Facey Community High

Dawson Chrystian; Carpentry; Bev Facey Community High

Tyson Lee; Carpentry; Bev Facey Community High

Dylan St John; Culinary Arts; Bev Facey Community High

Teanna Beauchemin; Hairstyling Senior; Bev Facey Community High

Cyan Lust; Hairstyling Senior; Bev Facey Community High

Nicholas Chin; IT Network Systems Administration; Bev Facey Community High

Joshua Hoffmann; IT Network Systems Administration; Bev Facey Community High

Julius Hohenstein; IT Network Systems Administration; Lamont High

Keri Hoffmann; Photography; Bev Facey Community High

Sameer Khamis; Video Production; Lamont High

Markus Taylor; Video Production; Lamont High

Sanjayan Suntharalingam; Web Design and Development; Bev Facey Community High

“The passion and skill on display by our students at the competition was astounding to say the least,” says Joseph Clark, the director of Learning Services at EIPS. “I think I speak for all of us from EIPS when I say we felt like proud parents. Our students demonstrated an incredible level of talent, knowledge and expertise.”

Launched in 1994, Alberta’s PSCC is a national competition hosted annually by Skills Canada and Skills Canada Alberta (SCA). Its goal: to better equip youth with the knowledge and skills needed to advance the trade and technical sectors and to showcase career opportunities in both fields. For the complete list of results from this year’s PSCC, visit

Congratulations to Ryan and all the students who participated in this year’s Provincial Skills Canada Competition!


EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.



For more information contact:
Joseph Clark, director, Learning Services 780-467-8173
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902