Student Showcase

Skills Canada Alberta 2020 Cardboard Boat Race Medal Design Winner 

Chosen from designs from all over Alberta, the Skills Canada Alberta team selected Brooklyn F, a grade 11 Graphic Design student from Ernest Manning High school, as the top design for their 2020 Cardboard Boat Race medals. The selection committee stated that they loved the design so much, they made the design into a tee shirt as well. 

Within her design process, Brooklyn was inspired by the Skills movement, which she had previously completed. She wanted to celebrate the year 2020, taking inspiration from the symmetry of the "2020" numbers. Wanting to create movement and incorporate the texture of water and cardboard into the background. 

"Skills Canada Alberta will be a model of excellence in the promotion of skilled trade and technology careers to youth in our province and in our country." 

The Card Board Race is open to junior and senior high school students across Alberta. Working in teams they are challenged to design and construct a boat with supplied materials. "Not only does their 'boat' need to be quick, but it must be capable of carrying passengers as well". This challenge is about problem-solving, design, principles of structure and to have fun. 

Brooklyn is Ernest Manning's Graphic Design Skills champion, where she competed at the 2019 Provincial Skills Competition finishing sixth overall. She continues to train and refine her skills with her teacher-coaches Ms. Flaherty and Mr. McDermott. Reaching the provincial podium in spring and winning her own medal is the goal. 



Amy S. – National Gold Medalist Architectural Technology at Ernest Manning High School

Amy S. won Gold at the 2019 Skills Canada Nationals Competition in Halifax. A gold medal at Skills Canada Alberta's 2019 Provincial  Competition in Edmonton provided her the privilege of being part of Team Alberta. 

Skills Canada seeks to encourage students to become the best they can be in a wide range of career skill areas. The Skills movement provides the human foundation for strong and vibrant economic growth and development in Canada.

In 2018, Amy won first place in BILD Calgary’s Student Home Design Competition and a Silver Medal in Architectural Technology at SKILLS Alberta. She was a leader in her Architectural studies within CBE pioneering the use of a variety of new rendering tools including the use of Lumion and a Virtual Reality (VR) Application and VR Headset. She originated a very innovative idea in which ‘QR Codes’ were placed on Student Home Design Drawings so with a quick snap from a CEL phone, industry judges could view a 360 degree video walkthrough of the home she had created. In her first year of high school she won second place in BILD Calgary’s Student Home Design Competition.

Beyond her Architecture contributions, Amy took on a leadership role as part of our school FRC Robotics program this year, maintaining the team’s CAD files, while working tirelessly to develop a winning robot mechanism that would not only pick up a ball for deployment and points but also control and place flat plastic discs on game structures. Through extensive testing and proto-typing she designed a highly successful mechanism. At competition, Amy acted as Operator, controlling this mechanism during high-stakes robot competition. In each of her endeavors, Amy embodied the relentless pursuit of mastery and excellence. Her National Gold Medal is a testament not only to her skill in architecture, but to her strength of character.



Congratulations to the Entire 2018 EMHS Skills Canada Alberta team!

Ernest Manning High School’s Career and Technology department sent its largest group of students to compete at Skills Canada Alberta this May. Competing in the following areas of 3D Animation; Architectural Technology & Design; Culinary Arts; Graphic Design; Job Search; Job Skill Demonstration; Public Speaking; Robotics; Video Production; Web Design and Development; and Workplace Safety. Skills Canada Alberta works “to meet current demands and in anticipation of future trends, Skills Canada Alberta works to equip young minds with the skills that help Canada compete successfully in a drastically changing world market”. 

Congratulations to the following students who received a medal at the 2018 Provincial Skills Alberta competition:

  • Claire H & Oliver O - won Bronze in 3D Animation 
  • Sarah J - won Silver in Job Search 
  • Ethan S - won Silver in Architectural Technology and Design 
  • Eric H - won Gold in Workplace Safety 

Eric H was asked to join Team Alberta and represent Ernest Manning at the Skills Canada National competition in June. Eric had a very successfully journey and finished with a bronze medal at Skill Canada 2018.


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