DSBN Students Score Gold Medal Hat Trick

The DSBN’s technology students are once again amongst the best in the province after a very successful showing at the Ontario Technological Skills Challenges (OTSC). Students returned from Waterloo with 6 medals, 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. 

“Our students’ success is a testament to their effort, skill, determination, the outstanding technology programs at the DSBN and the dedicated mentorship of their teachers and industry partners,” said Kevin Graham, DSBN Consultant for Technology and Experiential Learning.  

 On the strength of their wins at the OTSC in Waterloo, two students earned the opportunity to join Team Ontario and showcase their skills on the national stage. Port Colborne High School’s Elijah Schonewille (Welding) and E.L. Crossley’s Travis Gabyrelski (Electrical Installation) will travel to Toronto to compete at the Canadian Skills Challenges from June 4-7. 

 “We wish our champions the best of luck as they prepare for the upcoming competition in Toronto. They’re great ambassadors for their schools and the technology programs at the DSBN,” added Graham.  

  The following students earned medals at the OTSC: 



  • Elijah Schonewille, Welding, Port Colborne High School 
  • Travis Gabyrelski, Electrical Installations, E.L. Crossley Secondary 
  • Demetrio Polydorou, Refrigeration, Westlane Secondary 



  • Joann Vu, Hairstyling, Stamford Collegiate 
  • Shelbey Leesley, Job Interview, Fort Erie Secondary 



  • Zack Snoei, Individual Carpentry, Eden High School  



The Ontario Technological Skills Competitions were held from May 5 -7 at RIM Park in Waterloo.