Five students at the Near North District School Board are taking part in what’s described as a highly acclaimed summer enrichment program.
The Shad program is designed for well-rounded and academically successful secondary school students.
Those accepted include Kaitlyn Bertrand, Jack Mah and Victoria Jones from Chippewa Secondary School and Alyssa Jolliffe and Megan Lee from Almaguin Highlands Secondary School.
Over four weeks in July, they will be expanding their knowledge and skills in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) by learning through lectures, workshops, projects and activities.
“The program offers a wide range of different topics to discover, and I am hoping that Shad will help me become a more well-rounded learner,” noted Bertrand. “This will be a great experience to build upon my leadership skills and give me a chance to work meaningfully as a member of a team.”
“I hope to be able to learn new and interesting things while attending Shad as well as grow as a student through the experiences that Shad offers and to make new connections with people who share similar interests to me,” Jones noted. “You should look for ways to pursue your interests, thoughts, or passions, and I am so grateful to this school, school board, teachers, family, and friends for supporting me,
and helping me be a part of this opportunity.”
Mah is looking forward to coding.
“While looking at one of the packages Shad sent me leading up to the program, I noticed that I was given a device for coding! Coding is something I’ve always found interesting but never had the chance to investigate, so I’m really excited about this activity. As well, because my Shad program will take place virtually through Western
University, I’d love to hear more about the post-secondary institution before I begin applying to universities in the fall.”
Thousands of secondary school students from across Canada apply to the program each year and roughly 900 are accepted.