St. Lawrence College Students Bring Home the Hardware from Provincial Skills Competition

Makenna Cooney-Papke, Nyssa Valentini, and Nathan Orr
L-R: Makenna Cooney-Papke, Nyssa Valentini, and Nathan Orr

Three students from St. Lawrence College (SLC) brought home medals from the Skills Ontario competition, which was held May 1-2, 2023, in Toronto. SLC was proudly represented by 13 student competitors across contests that included Carpentry, Coding and IT Networking, Masonry, Auto Services, Millwright, Precision Machining, and Welding.

Esthetician student Makenna Cooney-Papke won the gold medal with Nyssa Valentini beside her with the silver medal. They competed against four other students from across Ontario in Advanced Facial with BT Micro, Manicure with nail art, Pop Art themed fantasy make up, and Body Treatment including a body polish and massage. Makenna will move on to compete in the national skills competition on May 25th and 26th in Winnipeg. Makenna and Nyssa were expertly coached by their faculty, Diana Boboti-Senis and Karen Gale.

Makenna’s gold medal is the latest in a long streak of wins at the provincial skills competition for students in SLC’s Esthetician program; since 2010 they have won 11 gold medals at the provincial level.

Nathan Orr, Machinist Apprenticeship student, brought home the silver medal for Precision Machining. The competition included conventional machining to the accuracy of 0.001 inch, producing a turned part using a manual horizontal lathe as well as a manufactured manifold using a manual vertical mill. Nathan’s faculty coaching team was comprised of Aidan Wornes, Clint Lawrence, Bruce McGregor, and John McGrath. Nathan’s silver medal is indicative of year over year success in the team’s ability to cultivate talent in their students and preparing them for the rigors of competition. 

“We’re so proud of the continued success of the Esthetician program in preparing students to compete and win at the provincial level and the Mechanical team’s inaugural Skills Ontario medal,” said Daniel Liao, Dean, Applied Science, Technology & Trades “These achievements are a testament to the hard work of our amazing students and the dedication and professionalism of our faculty.” 



St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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