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Red Deer high school students surprised by Olympic champion

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From Brian Findlay

A pair of Red Deer students captured Gold medals in the recent edition of Skills Alberta’s annual competition.

The victories earned them kudos from another medalist – Olympic Bobsleigh pilot Justin Kripps.

 

Jack Lerouge, a grade ten student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, beat out 15 competitors from across the province in the Culinary Arts division by calmly preparing ginger lime roasted chicken with Thai red curry vegetables and black sesame rice cakes in front of a panel of judges including professional chefs.

Because the competition was virtual and a lot of the judging was based on presentation, I decided to make a dish that had lots of colours and contrasts,” said Lerouge, “I thought the idea of a virtual competition was cool, and it was great that Skills was able to get an event like this to happen, considering the current circumstances. I liked that I had the opportunity to choose what I wanted to make and I found myself more at ease cooking in my own kitchen.

Bryce Corrin, a grade twelve student at Hunting Hills high school, also won Gold. Corrin’s win came in the IT Office Software Applications division, where competitors were asked to use the full range of Microsoft Office applications to create promotional materials for a fictitious Drive-in theatre.“

I have been a big movie buff ever since I was little so I was naturally very pleased to see that the fictitious company scenario this year was a drive-in movie theatre,” said Corrin. “For over a year I worked at the regular movie theatre here in Red Deer so overall I had a really well rounded idea about what would appeal to the average customer on the poster.”

Big accomplishments, but things got even more exciting when they received some personalized congratulations from another Alberta Gold medalist – Olympic Bobsleigh champ Justin Kripps!  Thanks to program partner RBC, this week the two winners were welcomed into the Gold medal club by the 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist.

The bobsleigh pilot is an RBC Olympian, which involves helping the bank with local community partnerships.  When a handful of the winners’ projects were shown to Kripps, he earmarked a few for special congratulations.  In each personalized message Kripps encouraged the students to keep pursuing their passions, and to try to use pandemic-related downtime in a positive way.

The Skills Alberta Virtual Competition involved 300 students from 78 Alberta secondary schools.  The competition gives students the ability to showcase skills they’ve learned through their career and technology studies classes.  Competitions ranged from robotics to carpentry to animation to baking.  Lerouge and Corrin were the only Gold medal winners from Red Deer.

 

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Christie took great pride serving on school board

Red Deer Public Schools’ trustee William “Bill” Christie passed away on Sunday, he was 73 years old. Christie served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. Prior to that he had served on the school boards of two British Columbia school jurisdictions for 25 years.

Bill was incredibly proud to serve his community as a school board trustee,” said Nicole Buchanan, Board Chair. “Bill was a trustee for 35 years, first becoming a trustee at age 22 in B.C. He was committed to meeting the needs of students, particularly vulnerable students. He was also a strong champion for public school education and local autonomy of school boards to best meet the needs of local communities. Beyond that his fellow trustees remember Bill as a gentle-man who was kind, had a memorable smile, supported other trustees, took great pride in both his Scottish and B.C. heritage and had a great sense of humour. It was an honour to serve with Bill.”

Bill valued being a part of the Red Deer Public School community. He enjoyed being in our schools and was very proud of the work and accomplishments of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Chad Erickson. “Bill was a strong advocate for public school education and was passionate about the potential of schools and our students. He was a devoted husband, father and very proud of his grandchildren.”

Bill was also active in the local community having served on Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Board, the United Way and Red Deer Highland Games Committee.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Terry, as well as a son and daughter and five grandchildren.

 

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