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HC Tech Third Crossing Presentation

The Holy Cross Technological Design Grade 11 and 12 students hosted the second Community Based Project Open House on Wednesday June 15th, 2016 in the Lecture Theatre. There were four guest speakers:
  • Ms. Sophie Kiwala, MPP Kingston and the Islands
  • Ms. Lisa Osanic, Councillor Bayridge-Collins Bay
  • Mr. Frank Vanderlaan, Area Manager Highway Engineer, MTO
  • Ms. Kaurie Casista, Structural Engineer, MTO
Students were introduced to political, engineering and public issues surrounding the $100 million dollar Third Crossing Bridge Project. Ms Kiwala complemented the students on their projects and shared with them that Third Crossing project is only one of two multi-million dollar projects the City is hoping to construct in the near future. Ms. Osanic felt the range of designs and models was excellent. She also commented that politics, engineering and architecture complement each in large projects such as this one. Ms. Kaurie Casista was quite impressed by the students work and invited them to consider a future in engineering and later at the MTO. She felt the student work was extremely high for senior secondary school students. Mr. Frank Vanderlaan showed a Powerpoint presentation and video on a new construction method for bridges. Although somewhat more expensive, it reduces "down time" for the areas affected. He also remarked that he would be interested in returning in the near future.

Special thanks to Mr. Dusome’s class, and the volunteer efforts of Mr. Esford and Mr. Dusome for assisting with the photography and set-up. Finally, the event was later shown on CKWS TV channel 11 with special thanks to Jonna Semple who also spoke to students about a future in television broadcasting.​

Com Tech Success!

The Holy Cross TV/Video Production team of Shannon Dunphy and Angelica Peters have qualified to advance to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo, Ontario on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.

On Saturday, April 16th the two SHSM Com Tech students participated in the Skills Qualifier (The EOSSA of Tech) at St. Lawrence College. They competed against 12 teams of two students from a variety of School Boards: Ottawa Public, Ottawa Catholic, Renfrew, Limestone, etc... The top three teams advance to the Provincials. To advance to the Skills Qualifier the girls won the silver medal at the Limestone Skills Competition (the City of Kingston Championships). The HC team competed against teams from KCVI, LCVI and SHS.

With these two wins under their belt the girls advance to the OFSSA of Tech, the OTSC! In addition, Holy Cross SHSM Com Tech student Justine Gilholm qualified previously to compete in the Prepared Speech category.

The Technological Education Department and the ALCDSB are also sending a coach bus of Holy Cross Tech students to the OTSC to witness, educate and inspire students to compete in future OTSC's.

Good luck at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo girls!​

SHSM Student 3rd in Provincial Video Contest

Congratulations to Grade 11 Holy Cross student Ryan Murray who won third place in the Ontario Ministry of Labour's 2015-2016 "Student Video Contest". Ryan received provincial recognition for his two minute Public Service Announcement television commercial on the topic of "Working Safely On The Job". Ryan used his creativity to develop his original video "When You Gamble With Safety, You Bet Your Life" that can be used by the Ministry in social media to illustrate the importance of safety at work for students. Two classes of grade 11 Communications Technology in first and second semester produced videos for the competition.

For Ryan's efforts he was rewarded with a $1,000 cash prize! Another $1,000 is awarded to his school. In addition, Holy Cross receives the "Chief Prevention Officer's Participation Award of Merit" and Communications Technology teacher Mr. John Esford receives the "Outstanding Teacher Award of Merit" for entering the most student video productions.

Ryan is a member of the Specialist High Skills Major in Information and Communications Technology focus program at Holy Cross. The HC SHSM provides students with numerous benefits and enrichment opportunities. If you are interested in post-secondary school studies and a career in the media production industry, please see your HC Guidance Councillor and ask about the SHSM program.​