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Transportation students bring home some precious medals

Part of the winning School of Transportation student team at the Ontario competition in Kitchener-Waterloo: (top row from left) Ryan Green, Danylo Michalkoff and Kenny Lam; (bottom from left) Khizar Muhammad, Brent Ng, Roland Laurence, Steven LeMagueresse and Daniel Kidd.

There’s something to be said for consistency: All three Centennial College School of Transportation students who had won gold at the provincial Skills Canada competition in May went on to earn medals at the national-level competition in Toronto in early June.

Student Ryan Green won gold in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician contest, while Steven LeMagueresse in Collision Repair and Daniel Kidd in Automotive Painting both won earned a second-place silver finish in competitions with students from across Canada. With his gold medal win, Green is eligible to qualify for the World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.

Back in May, Centennial College was well represented in the winners’circle at the 25th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which drew almost 2,000 student competitors to impress the judges and crowds gathered at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo.

Competitors vied for gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of hands-on skills contests, including such specialties as computer animation, culinary arts, carpentry, auto-body repair, masonry and aesthetics. Centennial’s School of Transportation was a dominating force in the post-secondary automotive trades.

In addition to gold medal wins by Ryan Green, Daniel Kidd and Steven LeMagueresse to qualify for the nationals, Centennial student Adrian Tantalo collected a well-earned silver medal in the Collision Repair competition. Bronze medal winners included Danylo Michalkoff in the Truck and Coach Technician skills competition and Khizar Muhammad in the Aircraft Technician category.

Honourable mentions included School of Transportation students Kenny Lam and John Santarcangelo (Auto Service), Brent Ng (Auto Paint), Roland Laurence (Heavy Equipment), David Bousfield (Truck and Coach) and Naresh Paray (Aircraft). Congratulations to the entire Centennial student team –and the college faculty and staff who volunteered at the events –for a great showing in 2014!