Margaret River SHS Year 11 student Danielle Shentone has achieved a Silver Medal at one of the biggest WorldSkills VETiS and Regional competition events in WA recently.
Danielle received a score of 68.5 out or 70 in the Painting and Decorating specialty of Building and Construction.
Six different Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) competitions and two open competitions were held in one day at Bunbury South Regional TAFE Campus, with students taking part from across the South West.
WorldSkills is the most prestigious skills competition in Australia, and allows apprentice trades and other students to pit their skills against each other.
The winners of the regional competition may get the opportunity to go on and compete in the 2020WorldSkills Australia National Championships.
The medallists will be nominated to join the Team WA SQUAD in November but places will not be confirmed for entry to the National Championships until 2020.
South Regional TAFE Managing Director Duncan Anderson congratulated all the South West medallists.
"An impressive number of students from the South West have taken on the challenge of WorldSkills and benefited from the experience," he said.
"I think this not only demonstrates the maturity and skill level of the students but also the quality of the training that is being provided to them.
"Our staff understand what a great opportunity WorldSkills is for our students and work hard to make these events happen."
South Regional TAFE Training Manager Anita Host said she was extremely impressed with the students' commitment to the competitions and their dedication to their training in the lead up to the event.
"There were some stand out students who were really focused and performed extremely well under the pressure of the timed competitions," she said.
For the first time in Australia a VETiS painting competition was run as a pilot.
This was designed by South Regional TAFE lecturers with it likely to become a regular part of the competition in coming years.
All medallists are invited to a ceremony in Perth on 22 November where they will be presented with their medals.
VETiS competitors will still need to be studying at school in 2020 to compete at the National Championships.
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