Surrey, Delta high school students head to university for summer

A dozen local teens chosen to attend SHAD programs across Canada.

A dozen Surrey and Delta students have been selected to attend science, technology, engineering and math programs in universities across Canada for the month of July.

Local students chosen among 658 for this year’s SHAD program were Ken Yu, a Grade 11 student at Seaquam Secondary, Ayush Bansal and Dania He from Semiahmoo Secondary, Fleetwood Park Secondary student Jasmine Zhang, Rianna Chu, Michelle Lu and Ian Leighton from Southridge School, Kinsey Church from Earl Marriott, Fraser Heights Secondary students Jin Lee and Andrew Gamble, Rachel Woo from Elgin Park Secondary and Jennifer Yi from Pacific Academy.

SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that aims to allow exceptional high school students to recognize their capabilities and envision themselves as tomorrow’s leaders.

“Centred on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM ), SHAD empowers exceptional youth to make the world a better place,” said SHAD president Barry Bisson in a news release. “SHAD is where Canada’s top youth achievers are exposed to great ideas, inspired to look at things differently, challenged to reach for the highest levels of excellence and encouraged to embrace their Uncommon Purpose – the pursuit of their own potential to change the world.”

The participants will spend a month living in residence at one of 12 host Canadian universities, such as McMaster, Queen’s and Laval. Through lectures, workshops and team-building activities run by university faculty and industry leaders, they will be exposed to things they likely haven’t experienced in high school.

“SHAD exposes bright youth to advanced topics and takes them out of their comfort zones,” said Bisson.

Acceptance into the program is highly competitive and applicants are selected based on grades, community focus and their diverse backgrounds.

For more information, check shad.ca