March 09, 2017

Belleville, Ontario, March 9, 2017 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Loyalist College Skills Competition. Over 80 competitors from five school boards competed on Tuesday, March 7. Up to $16,000 in tuition bursaries were presented to the top competitors in first place ($1,000), second place ($600) and third place ($400) rankings. The bursaries will be applied as a credit toward tuition fees when recipients register in a full-time program at Loyalist between September 2017 and 2019. 

2017 Competition Winners

First Place: Andrew Stacey, Port Perry High School
Second Place: Alec Veley, R. S. McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Third Place: Jacob Haan, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School

First Place: Venetia Hyde-Smith, Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Second Place: Tarryn Horvat, Moira Secondary School
Third Place: Jewel Casey, East Northumberland Secondary School

First Place: Brooke Makins, Trenton High School
Second Place: Sarah Leslie, Trenton High School
Third Place: Autumn Stephenson, Trenton High School

Individual Carpentry 
First Place: Logan Triemtsra, Bayside Secondary School
Second Place: Kurtis Wright, Bayside Secondary School
Third Place: Michael Terpstra, Bayside Secondary School

First Place: Bronwen Parr, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Second Place: Andrew Donnelly, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Third Place: Alexis Porter, Bayside Secondary School

Precision Machining 
First Place: Jessica Corneyea, Bayside Secondary School
Second Place: Haakon Vanderkuur, East Northumberland Secondary School
Third Place: Cameron Briscoe, East Northumberland Secondary School

Two-Person Carpentry
First Place: Jack Simpson, Nicholson Catholic College; Matthew Bruins, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Second Place: Dawson Craig, Bayside Secondary School; Wyatt Craig, Bayside Secondary School
Third Place: Kieran Metcalf, Bayside Secondary School; Scott Thompson, Bayside Secondary School

First Place: Justin Walmsley, Bayside Secondary School
Second Place: Laurence Roy, Bayside Secondary School
Third Place: Robert Bentley, Centennial Secondary School

Additional Information:

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

Skills and technology students entering Loyalist College can apply for The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship, which provides up to $4,000 plus a tuition credit. Loyalist College is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Fellowship intake. The application deadline for students beginning post-secondary programs is August 22, 2017. Visit to learn more.

As a society, we need skilled workers, particularly in emerging labour markets such as architecture and building sciences, automotive, electrical, welding and manufacturing. In Loyalist’s Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, a technology and trades training centre of choice for Southeastern Ontario, students learn to prepare for in-demand jobs in these fields.

 About Loyalist College

We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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