Penticton students shine with design skills

Princess Margaret students earn top-three finish at Skills Canada competition

Princess Margaret Secondary students Colin MacPhail and Lucas Cleveland both picked up top-three finishes at a Skills Canada regional competition in Kelowna with the guidance of teacher Patrick Whiteley.

Princess Margaret Secondary students Colin MacPhail and Lucas Cleveland both picked up top-three finishes at a Skills Canada regional competition in Kelowna with the guidance of teacher Patrick Whiteley.

A pair of Penticton high school students drafted their way to top-three placings at a regional Skills Canada competition.

Lucas Cleveland, 17, earned a silver medal in architectural computer-aided design, and Colin MacPhail, 15, took bronze in mechanical design. The boys, both from Princess Margaret Secondary School, faced off against other Okanagan students at the event in Kelowna. Each used a computer to complete a three-hour design challenge.

MacPhail’s task was to design retractable steps like those commonly attached to motorhomes. Despite finding the event “nerve-wracking,” he said the competition, which placed him in a classroom with about a dozen rivals, wasn’t as tough as he expected.

“I thought there would be more people, or it would be bigger, or it would be a lot harder,” he said.

Cleveland’s test was to modify a house design to replace a room, and add a wall and a few other elements on a set of drawings.

Now into his third year of drafting classes at Princess Margaret, he thinks he’s found his niche.

“I like building stuff and working on a computer, so this I thought would be a good course to take. And I enjoy it,” Cleveland said.

Teacher Patrick Whiteley, who’s been running drafting classes since 1989, said the school sends kids to the competition most years and top-three finishes aren’t uncommon.

“I think we’ve got a strong program. I think the kids who come in here are very dedicated to drafting and they want to learn,” he said.

“I know it’s one of the top programs in the Okanagan, because we do well every year.”


Gold medal winners from the regional skills competition are invited to compete on the national level. Skills Canada is a non-profit organization supported by government and industry that promotes careers related to trades and technology.



Just Posted

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, has been voted in for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
James Miller elected as Penticton city councillor

Penticton also voted yes to allowing up to 25 years for a Skaha Marina contract

The Eyes of the Tigers on the 2021 Beer Run on June 19. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Beer Runners take trip around local beaches and brews

Over 160 people signed up to come back after the 2020 run was cancelled

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read