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February 28, 2019

Belleville, Ontario, February 28, 2019 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Loyalist College Skills Competition. Approximately 150 secondary and elementary school students from six District School Boards competed at Loyalist on Tuesday, February 26.

A total of $22,000 in tuition bursaries were presented to the top secondary school competitors who placed first ($1,000), second ($600) and third ($400) in their skill category. The bursaries will be applied as a credit toward tuition fees when recipients register between September 2019 and September 2021 in a full-time program at Loyalist. 

The Centre for Workforce Development, Quinte Home Builders’ Association and BluEarth Renewables contributed prizes for the Competition’s first ever Elementary Challenges in Green Energy, Technology and Construction.

“The caliber of skills you have demonstrated under the pressure of a competitive forum is a testament to the quality of learning that takes place in your respective schools,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO to student participants during the 2019 Loyalist College Skills Competition Awards Ceremony. “Loyalist is pleased to provide the environment in which you have showcased those skills.”

2019 Competition Winners

Architectural Technology & Design
First: Reynald Manlangit, Uxbridge Secondary School
Second: Luke Da Re-White, Ajax High School
Third: Amina Najib, Ajax High School

First: Zachary Holmes, Napanee District Secondary School
Second: Tim Rudkin, Port Perry High School
Third: Alex Cuzzilla, Port Perry High School

First: Chelsea Cole, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Second: Olivia Parcher, Bishop Smith Catholic High School
Third: Jocelin Rin, Bishop Smith Catholic High School

First: Drake Peirson, Trenton High School
Second: Jared Mieske, North Addington Education Centre
Third: Nate Aagesen, Bayside Secondary School

First: Emily Palmateer, Trenton High School
Second: Jessica Howard, Trenton High School
Third: Brianna Brinklow, Trenton High School

Individual Carpentry 
First: Kyle Genereaux, Bayside Secondary School
Second: Zachary Careen, Nicholson Catholic College
Third: Andrew Graham, Bayside Secondary School

Mechanical CAD 
First: Peter Stoll, Pine Ridge Secondary School
Second: Curtis Moore, Pine Ridge Secondary School
Third: Shaheer Amir, Ajax High School

First: Emily Pickstock, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Second: Jacob Radocsay, Bayside Secondary School
Third: Sofia Mendoza, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

Precision Machining 
First: Dylan York, Bayside Secondary School
Second: Kaleb Butler, Bayside Secondary School
Third: Keegan Sponagle, Bayside Secondary School

Two-Person Carpentry
First: Rachael Callery and Michael Soudant, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Second: Annie Layfield and Ainslie Whalen, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School                             
Third: Ethan Joe and Laura McLaren, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

First: Nolan Porter, Bayside Secondary School
Second: Dustin Legrow, Sydenham High School
Third: Cody Johnson, Bayside Secondary School

Additional Information:
Participating District School Boards included Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic; Durham; Hastings and Prince Edward; Kawartha Pine Ridge; Limestone; and Renfrew County Catholic.

Skilled Trades and Technology students entering Loyalist College can apply for the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades, which provides up to $4,000 in bursaries from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation plus tuition credits from the College. Loyalist is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2019 intake. The application deadline for students beginning post-secondary and apprenticeship programs is August 23, 2019. Visit to learn more.

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. When it comes to Ontario college graduates getting jobs, Loyalist is the top College in the province, according to KPI results, released November 2018. Of 2016-17 Loyalist graduates, 90.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through; including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses; and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536