Two students from Delta will continue their educational pursuits this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program SHAD.
Founded in 1980 to help exceptional youth reach their full potential, students in grades 10 to 12 are immersed in a one-month enrichment program focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The students interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders, and participate in hands-on workshops and activities.
In a unique element of the program, the students are challenged to come up with an original solution to a societal problem affecting Canada that they learn about in the first week. It teaches them about entrepreneurship and innovation and leaves the students seeing how they can make an immediate impact.
Ellie Shisko, who is in Grade 11 at South Delta Secondary, said she is honoured and grateful to be a part of the program.
“I hope that my attendance can bring more exposure to this program to fellow peers at my school,” Shisko said. “I'm tremendously excited for the opportunity. I will be attending Lakehead University, delighted to see the new environment being in Thunder Bay will bring. I'm also eager to meet and interact with students all across Canada. Through this program, I am hoping to further enrich my interests in the sciences and expand on my knowledge foundations in the arts.”
Lauren Tjoe, who is in Grade 11 at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver, will go to Western University for her SHAD experience.
“I believe that SHAD will not only be an amazing learning opportunity, but also an opportunity to meet young, motivated, and inspiring people from across Canada,” said Tjoe.
“SHAD presents a chance for me to experience a taste of independence and university life, while surrounded by youth who are prepared to grow and take risks. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in business and I am confident that SHAD will equip me with lessons in leadership and problem solving. I am looking forward to a summer filled with new adventures, friends and challenges.”
This year’s SHAD program will take place at a record 16 host university campuses from coast to coast, with students being represented from all 10 provinces and three territories.