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Local students medal at Skills Canada national competition

Ascension Collegiate student Mackenzie Collins knows a little thing or two about public speaking.

Ascension Collegiate's Mackenzie Collins (left) and Baccalieu Collegiate's Amber Hyde recently captured medals at the Skills Canada national competition held June 5-8 in Moncton, N.B. Collins brought home gold in public speakign, while Hyde won a bronze in photography.

And, she used that knowledge at a recent national competition to finish at the top.

The Level III student leaves Moncton, N.B., and the Skills Canada National Competition with a gold medal in the public speaking portion of the event. Collins was one of seven members of Newfoundland and Labrador to bring home a gold medal. The event was held June 5-8.

It’s the latest medal she’s brought home from the prestigious event. In 2014 and 2015, Collins captured the bronze medal.

She wasn’t the only student from the Conception Bay North region to medal at the event. Baccalieu Collegiate’s Amber Hyde brings home a bronze medal in the photography portion of Skills Canada.

She joined three other students in capturing bronze medals.

Team NL featured 43 members from high schools and post-secondary institutions from around the province in a competition field of 500. Overall, students brought home 12 medals in 40 competition areas.

“Skills Canada is proud to lead the skills movement and provide young skilled trades people and technologists with an opportunity to showcase excellence in their fields,” wrote Carole Ann Ryan, Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador executive director, in a release.

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