A St. Thomas Aquinas High School student is holding his head high after impressing at the Skills Ontario competition. 

Grade 12 student Travis Biehn took bronze at the recent virtual event, where he was challenged to build a doghouse based on plans sent to him on the morning of the competition with only seven hours to complete the task. Competitors were not permitted to seek help or advice from their teachers.  

"It was nice. It was a nervous experience going into it and building it. But it's nice knowing I got third place and it feels good," Biehn said. 

Travis Beihn

Fellow Saint, Dustin Sewell also competed, but his results are unknown at this time. Biehn and Sewell won the northern division in early April and competed in the provincial championships last week against 19 other students from across Ontario. 

Beihn adds that he has been interested in carpentry since he was young, which stuck with him.  

"I liked putting things together and building stuff. When I came to T.A I took their construction course, which helped me quite a bit. I also went to Jarnel Contracting and it was a good experience where I learned a lot."

Beihn aspires to do an apprenticeship, then go to college to pursue a career in carpentry. 

Fellow Saint, Dustin Sewell also competed, but his results are unknown at this time