Sixteen School District 27 high school students successfully completed their three-day Heavy Metal Rocks, heavy equipment operating program on May 12, reports Gordon Armour, district coordinator transition, training and trades.
The final day involved students and operators showing parents how to operate the big machines and wound up with a celebratory barbecue and awards.
The final presentations included the following awards: Selected by the steering committee, going to the Most Improved Student: Stephanie Phillips of Columneetza secondary. Selected by the students, going to the student demonstrating team work, initiative and leadership: Jesse Siwek of Williams Lake secondary. Selected by the operators, going to the best overall operator: Devin Dunkel of Peter Skene Ogden secondary.
The barbecue was sponsored by SMS Equipment and prepared by Williams Lake Lions Club.
“Approximately 35 companies and sponsors, along with a large number of individuals have volunteered hours, equipment and supplies to make this project a success,” said Armour.
“The students were on-site each morning by 7:30 a.m. and operated the equipment until 4:30 p.m., only stopping for mandatory coffee and lunch breaks.
“The smiles on their faces each and every day, speaks to the relevance of this program.”