Congratulations to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s Grade 11 student, Kassandra Bot, who received a gold medal in Architectural Design at the Skills Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4-6, 2015.
Kassandra was able to move forward and represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, held in Saskatoon for 2 days, and brought home a bronze medal! With over 500 students competing in over 40 competitions in the skilled trades and technology, Kassandra completed two different sets of drawings within a 7 hour period.
Prior to Kassandra’s recognition and journey to the national and provincial competitions, Kassandra won gold at the Halton Skills Competition that took place at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, on April 9.
The purpose of the Architectural Technology and Design evaluations in the Skills Ontario competition is to assess the technical skills of each competitor in performing design and drawing tasks. In addition, students are evaluated on their skills and knowledge of the core teachings of Architecture and Engineering, and their understanding of regulatory building codes and construction.
95% of the evaluation is practical, based on the competitors’ Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) skills, and their sketching techniques, as well as 5% of the evaluation is based on their resume and job interview skills.
Kassandra not only won gold at Skills Ontario, but she was awarded with a $500 bursary for achieving the highest grade amongst all female participants. She also received a $1500 bursary for achieving the highest score amongst all participants in the entire competition!
Kassandra aspires to pursue a career path in Engineering, but has always appreciated the hands-on learning components of Architectural Design. She hopes that these skills will help her to one day design and build her own house. When asked if she intends on defending her gold medal at the Skills Ontario competition next year, Kassandra replied, “Absolutely!”