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Ellie Orr wins gold, silver in Skills Canada events

F.P. Walshe school student Ellie Orr won junior hairstyling gold and intermediate hairstyling silver in the Skills Canada Alberta regional competition.

F.P. Walshe school student Ellie Orr advanced to the Skills Canada provincial competition.

Ellie earned gold in junior hairstyling and silver in intermediate hairstyling in the southwest regional competition.

The awards were presented Thursday during a virtual ceremony.

Ellie, who is in Grade 11 and completing the CTS Hairdressing Apprenticeship pathway, advances to the provincial Skills Canada competition April 22 in both junior and intermediate hairstyling.

Teacher Amanda High explained that for the junior competition Ellie had to design and execute a creative braid design.

The competitors were to use their imagination in order to create a style that incorporated a minimum of 75 per cent in ropes, knots, twists, and braids and which best displayed their artistic ability.

For the intermediate competition Ellie had to demonstrate technical skill and creative design ability by creating a creative bridal evening style for long hair.

Seventy-five per cent of the finished hairstyle had to be in an up-style, not touching or below the shoulders, showcasing a bridal theme. 

Ellie was among more than 300 students from across the province to participate March 18 in Skills Canada Alberta’s virtual regional competitions. 

Students competed in one of eight event areas: baking, cabinet making, carpentry, culinary arts, hairstyling junior, hairstyling senior, video production, or welding.

Ellie Orr displays the back of her creation.

Skills Canada Alberta executive director Chris Browton said in a news release the regional Skills Canada competitions provide a platform for students to develop their skills and connect with peers who share similar passions.

Competitors were allotted 1.5 hours to complete their design in each competition.

Regional technical committees made up of educators and industry experts hosted the competitions virtually from March 2-18.

This year due to COVID-19 in-persons competitions were ruled out so they were held virtually.

Students competed from their own school’s shops, classes and labs.