Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Year End Recognition

The students at Southern Okanagan Secondary School work diligently through the year in all areas. We have time for recognition for excellence in academic achievement, work ethic, citizenship, athletics, applied skills, and the arts.

Josiah and Benjamin Somerville: Spirit of SOSS

Kenzie Harrington and Tony Abellan: Top Athletes 
Mr. Toneatto presenting Kendra Leinor with the Junior Academic Cup

William Kane: Senior Academic Cup

Major Award Recipients for 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bronze Medal

Siobhan Detkavich traveled to Winnipeg to compete at the National Competition of Skills Canada.  Siobhan has been working on her Culinary Arts training in the Dual Credit credit that Southern Okanagan Secondary School runs in partnership with Okanagan College.

The competition was made up of the top secondary school chefs from across the country. Over 2 days of grueling competition she managed to get to the podium.

She represented BC extremely well with the Bronze win. Congratulations! Siobhan Detkavich won Bronze medal at the Skills Canada National competition.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

National Competition

We are thrilled for Siobhan Detkavich as she competes at Skills Canada!

Siobhan is an accomplished student in the Culinary Arts program at Okanagan College as part of our Dual Credit program at SOSS.  Siobhan has earned her place at nationals by earning gold at the provincial competition in Vancouver and she continues to impress while at nationals in Winnipeg this week.  We wish her all the best as she competes.

Skills Canada National Team BC

Student Success

Our school offers amazing opportunities in partnership with Okanagan College to offer students post-secondary credentials while still completing high school.

We could not be more proud of our students here at Southern Okanagan Secondary School and their willingness to take on the challenge of such an opportunity.  Currently we have two students in the dual credit Culinary Arts program and the Vernon Morningstar has profiled one of our students, Carson Bibby, in an article which explains his journey and his accomplishments. To read about Carson's adventure please read the article Local Chef Student Cooking Up Success.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BC Tech Summit

Students traveled to Vancouver to experience the BC Tech Summit where they joined over 5,500 business and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and other students to exchange new ideas, make new connections and explore the latest tech innovations.

The small group of students from SOSS, OSS, and SESS piled on the mini bus with Mr. Kitt to see what is fueling the BC economy in the tech sector.  With lots to see and do the group came back with a new view of what the tech sector has to offer.

Jared Hartle and Jacob Campol checking out a 3D printer

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UBCO Visit

Students were invited to visit the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna.  After selecting sessions that would interest them the students attended specific lectures from various faculties.  Although a bit of a drive to reach the Kelowna campus it was unanimous that the drive was worthwhile.

A day of exploring the campus and sitting in the university lecture halls and classrooms the students had a new view of the experience available to them at UBCO.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tech Tour: A Road Trip to Kelowna

We had an opportunity to expose our students to the realities of the technology sector in the Okanagan Valley.  Often the perception is that the high-tech jobs are only found in big centers, but this trip showed our students that these opportunities are as close as Kelowna.

With a visit to Accelerate Okanagan, a business accelerator for tech companies in the startup or growing phases, the students were introduced to several tech companies in Kelowna.  The first was a company that helps coordinate volunteer opportunities for organizations, and the volunteers themselves.  This highlighted the power of youth, as the company has partnered with Okanagan Mission Secondary in Kelowna to challenge the citizens of Kelowna to volunteer more time than their students.

The second visit was to meet Club Penguin Founder Lance Priebe at his newest venture Hyper Hippo.  The students were all enthralled, asking questions and seeing what the reality of a days work entails at the downtown office space.  The collaborative work environment provided context and excitement for what could be a career path for many of the students on the trip.

The final stop on the tech tour was a smaller venture where the company provided email tracking for large companies.  Although not as glitzy and glamorous as the stop at Hyper Hippo it allowed the students the chance to see that tech can be found on many levels, in many contexts, and that the chance to find their niche could be a reality for many of them.

The tech tout to Kelowna was a great day of exploration for the students and making these connections within the community is valuable for both the students and the teachers who climbed on the mini bus.