Vincent Massey students win Gold at the 2024 Provincial Skills Manitoba Competition

Carter Dupuis, grade 11, and Isabelle Snow, grade 12.

On April 11th Skills Canada Manitoba held the Secondary and Post-Secondary level 2024 Provincial Skills Manitoba Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Skills Canada Manitoba shines brightest during its Skills Competition. In this event, students engage in purposeful challenges that assess the skills essential for trades and technology careers. The underlying philosophy of the competition is threefold: recognize student excellence, actively engage industry in evaluating student performance, and ensure training programs align with employers’ requirements.

Vincent Massey entered two teams into the Video Production category. The first team was Carter Dupuis, grade 11, and Isabelle Snow, grade 12. The second team was Leo Liu, grade 12, and Kevin Lee, grade 11. They travelled with their Media teacher Mr. Craig Ratz to Winnipeg for the competition. Carter Dupuis and Isabelle Snow ended up winning gold in the category! Carter explained “We had a great system of one of us editing while the other went out to film. After seeing how well the other groups projects turned out we were doubtful that we’d win, but in the end the judges chose our video to send to Nationals! It
was a great experience regardless of a win or not, that said, we are really looking forward to competing in May.”

Isabelle shared in Carter’s excitement from the day “The day went great, I had a lot of fun exploring the world of trades as well as getting to learn more about media arts. We may have had doubts about winning after seeing all the other awesome videos, but we were more than excited when we got the news! I was really excited to share the news with my friends and family when we got home and am even more excited for this amazing opportunity.”

They were given a 5-hour time limit and used all but 2 minutes of their time to create the winning video. Although they couldn’t attend the award ceremony due to their travel time back to Brandon, they still celebrated their win on the car ride back!

Over 475 high school, post-secondary and apprentice students compete in 42 skilled trades and technology contests in six industry sectors. Winners of the provincial competition may form Team Manitoba and compete against their peers at the Skills Canada National Competition in Quebec in May.

Watch their winning video on the VMTV page @vmtv4314 on YouTube.