Three students from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) secured medals at the 2024 Provincial Skills Canada Competition in Edmonton.  

Sophie Evanochko, a Grade 12 student from Rocky Mountain House’s St. Dominic Catholic High School, Mei Takai, a Grade 11 international student from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, and Dane Schmidt, a Grade 11 student from St. Joseph High School competed.   

Evanochko and Takai took bronze medals in Culinary Arts and Hairstyling, while Schmidt took silver in Welding.  

Notre Dame High School was also represented at Skills Alberta by Grade 12 student Leya Tony in Public Speaking, and Grade 10 student Jensen Tang in Hairstyling.  

While St. Dominic Catholic High School was represented by Grade 12 student Levi Gerdung in Cabinet Making.  

"Our students distinguished themselves by finishing on the podium at the 2024 Provincial Skills Canada Competition while demonstrating the high calibre of our training programs,” said Tracey Millar, Off-Campus Programs Lead Teacher. “This achievement not only reflects their hard work and dedication but also highlights the effectiveness of our hands-on approach to education in fostering real-world skills and confidence in competitive environments."  

Murray Hollman, RDCRS Board Chair added, “I want to extend heartfelt congratulations to all our students who competed with such determination and professionalism. Their commitment to excellence and eagerness to challenge themselves are truly commendable, and they are all winners in advancing their skills and experience at such a prestigious event.”