Mackenzie Collins talks her way to Skills Canada medal

Nicholas Mercer
Published on June 11, 2014
Ascension Collegiate student Mackenzie Collins captured the bronze medal in the public speaking (secondary) competition at the 20th annual Skills Canada National competition held in Toronto, Ont., on June 4-7.
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Mackenzie Collins is returning from the 20th annual Skills Canada National competition with a medal.

The Ascension Collegiate, in Bay Roberts, student travelled to Toronto, Ont., June 4-7 as a part of the 48-person contingent from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Some 500 competitors from across the country competed in events like hairstyling, culinary arts, graphic design and IT network systems administration. All together there were more than 40 competition fields.

Collins, competing in the secondary public speaking competition, finished third securing a bronze medal for her efforts.

Her medal was one of 11 Team NL brought home.

She was not the only student from the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region to represent their school and province in Ontario.

The following is a list of team members from this region:

• Lacey Reid — hairstyling, Keyin College Carbonear;

• Brandon Penney-Trzeciak — It network systems administration, Carbonear Collegiate;

• Jessie Downey — 2-D computer animation, Ascension Collegiate;

• Kyle Downey — 2-D computer animation, Ascension Collegiate; and

• Gavin Diamond — precision machining, College of the North Atlantic Placentia;

“Skills Canada is proud to be a leader of the skills movement and provide young, skilled trades people and technologists with an opportunity to showcase excellence in their field,” said Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador executive director, Carole Ann Ryan.