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2014 Skills Canada Competition


The Skills Canada provincial competition took place in Prince Albert. More than 400 people competed in the city on April 11, including high school and post-secondary students. There were 39 competitions in total ranging from hairstyling, to plumbing, to public speaking. Al Gabert, executive director for Skills Canada Saskatchewan, said the competition is about more than just a title. "One of our main missions and goals is to promote skilled trades and technology and to try to provide the best of the best for the industry," said Gabert.

Congratulations to the following students who won medals at the 2014 Skills Canada Competition in Prince Albert.

Ryan Beattie - Car Painting
Cody Campbell - Auto Body Repair
Heather Fuller - Fashion Technology
Shailynn Taylor - Job Interview
Thomas Martineau - Electronics
Jonathon Mugford - Car Painting
Peacock Wins City Title by Slim Margin

Peacock's Blake Olsen and Austin Taylor were happy to come from behind and win the boys doubles city badminton title.

Little did they know at the time that their win ultimately put Peacock over the top to win the team city title as well.

Olsen and Taylor defeated Central's Aiden Coleman and Cameron Shwengler 18-21, 21-9, 21-13 to win the boys doubles title during the Moose Jaw high school city badminton tournament Thursday at Peacock.

Peacock won the team title by a slim 15-14 margin over Central.

"We just had to place our shots better and stop going out the backs and the sides. We had to make them run a bit and make them tired," said Taylor.

Peacock's Stephen Holzer and Kyle Arndt defeated Daniel Holzer and Levi Kelly from Central  21-17, 21-6 in the bronze medal match.

Courtesy the Moose Jaw Times Herald, April 1, 2014

Kiryk and Busch Medal at Wrestling Nationals

Devin Kiryk won a silver medal and Kurtis Busch won a bronze medal as they represented the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Wrestling Club at the Canadian Cadet Wrestling Championships in Guelph, Ont. this past weekend.

"Things went pretty well. I'm super-proud of myself and how I did," said Busch. "If I lost, I was happy and felt I fought well. I believe I did pretty good."

A year ago Kiryk finished third in his weight class and Busch finished in the bottom half of his weight class at Cadet nationals. They have both been working extremely hard this season and it showed with their improved standing.

This time around Kiryk finished second in the 54 kg Cadet weight class that featured 18 wrestlers. He won four straight bouts before losing 12-9 to Navdeep Dhillon from Abbotsford, B.C. in the final. Kiryk won all of his other matches 10-0.

Busch was in the 50 kg class and got off to a tough start. He tied Sam Garland from the Mariposa Wrestling Club in Orillia, Ont. 6-6, but lost the decision.

He rallied in the 18-wrestler field to win six straight bouts to win bronze. He beat Garland 8-0 to get to the bronze-medal bout where he beat Eknoor Bajwa from Abbotsford 4-0.

Courtesy the Moose Jaw Times Herald, April 10, 2014

One Acts

Congratulations goes out to all the actors and crew members involed in our two One Act Plays this year. Below are award winners.


CHEER Awards

Owen Tillie - Born to Be Wild

Tamara Brumwald – The Substitute


Certificates of Merit - Technical

McKayla MacQuarrie– Lights - Born to Be Wild

Hudson Taylor - Sound


Certificates of Merit - Acting

Caitlyn Kitts - Born to Be Wild

Owen Tillie - Born to Be Wild

Jessica Huang - Born to Be Wild

Courtney Hunter - Born to Be Wild

Tamara Brumwald – The Substitute

Travis Rutledge – The Substitute


Acting awards

Daniel Seman - Born to Be Wild

Samaras Stearns – The Substitute


Technical Awards

Daxton Moffatt - Set Creation 'The Substitute'

Graham Wendt - Stage Management 'Born to be Wild'


Mary Ellen Burgess - Runner Up

Devin Arams


Best Tech Crew -Runner Up

Born to Be Wild


Best Technical Production -Runner Up

Born to be Wild


Best Over All Production -Runner Up

Born to Be Wild

Chasing the Dream and Finding Happiness

The only glow in the Peacock Collegiate auditorium while Mitch Dorge tapped out his drum solo was coming from the stage lights.

The solo, a 90-second tune Dorge put together for a car advertisement years ago, was used to segue into the core message of his In Your Face and Interactive presentation about responsible decision making.

Not a single student was on his or her cell phone during the solo.

“The very first thing I said to you guys when I came out here is that I am quite possibility one of the happiest and luckiest guys you will ever meet. You guys just proved it to me,” he told his audience at the end of his performance.

“How do you guys think it feels for a little boy who is six and decides he wants to play drums for the rest of his life to be here 47 years later, play for 90 seconds, and get the applause you guys just gave me,” added Dorge. “It’s the most incredible feeling ever. I do what I love doing, and you guys get it.”

The presentation focused on a number of topics, spanning from Dorge’s career with the Crash Test Dummies and beyond to the story of Jacqueline Saburido, a young American woman who was the victim of a drunk driver and suffered considerable injuries that left her deformed.

He encouraged students in the audience to share the story with others and pass on their understanding of how decisions can impact lives beyond their own.

Courtesy the Moose Jaw Times Herald, April 3, 2014

Books in a Birdhouse

“The whole idea of it is to bring awareness to the community that reading is not jut about what we do at school,” said Lori Meyer, PSSD superintendent of learning. “It's part of our lives and we should do it everywhere, wherever we are and wherever we can, to share the love reading.”

A birdhouse-like bookshelf, complete with a plexiglass door, is just the initiative PSSD has undertaken to expand the awareness of reading – in schools and in their respective communities.

Known as the “free little libraries” project, Prairie South enlisted the help of Peacock Collegiate’s Woods 20 class to help build 16 unique bookshelves for any School Community Council that requested one.

The free little libraries can hold an estimated 60-80 books in them, plus they’re not stationary.

“The whole idea is it's a community thing. It might or might not be on the school property,” said Meyer.

Courtesy the Moose Jaw Times Herald, April 2, 2014

Opening Students' Eyes on First Nations History

After “many, many decades” of working for treaty advocacy, teaching students about it is a “crowning achievement for me,” he said. On Friday morning, he spoke to the student body of Peacock Collegiate.

“I often say to our young leaders and young Aboriginal children, First Nations children, that we have had to pay a price for this education, for this moment to happen and it was painful, but it’s very rewarding to see it bearing fruit that the awareness is now coming,” said Starblanket following his presentation.

“So I’m very happy that in my later years that I’m able to share that pain, which has turned into fruit for all people, not just young people, but for everyone.”

Daniel Ferguson, a Grade 12 student, said he enjoyed the presentation and the themes of acceptance, forgiveness and staying in harmony.

“I really liked the part when he was talking about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes,” he said. “The topics here usually aren’t covered this deeply. They’re just briefly skimmed in school. So you really don’t get to hear from someone who was actually there and pass it down through stories.”

Courtney Hunter, fellow Grade 12 student, added the topic of perspective on how the land was the Aboriginal peoples’ land gave her a newfound respect.

“I liked the part about forgiveness and you can’t hold onto the hate inside of you and how if he wouldn’t have been able to forgive and put himself out there, he wouldn’t be where he is now,” she said. “It’s something I definitely carry with me, not just about Aboriginal people, but people in general about forgiveness and not judging.”

Courtesy the Moose Jaw Times Herald, March 22, 2014

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