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30 Surrey students win seat at Shad Canada summer program

Grade 10, 11 teens to learn from university experts
Thirty Surrey students – including 15 from South Surrey – have been selected to participate in this summer’s Shad Canada STEAM and entrepreneurship programs. ( photo)

Fifteen South Surrey students are among more than two dozen in the district to earn an opportunity to learn from university experts across Canada this summer, through Shad Canada’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and entrepreneurship programs.

The Grade 10 and 11 teens – 30 in all, from Elgin Park, Semiahmoo, Earl Marriott, Grandview Heights, Fraser Heights, Guildford Park, École Kwantlen Park and École Salish secondaries – will spend a month at one of 20 Canadian universities; living on campus, attending seminars, labs and workshops, and interacting with faculty and experts.

Selected for the ShadOnCampus and ShadAnywhere programs from nearly 1,000 applicants from across the country, the students were chosen for their well-roundedness, academics, creativity, innovation and extra-curricular involvement.

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The Shad Canada program is described online as “your next level life experience.”

“At Shad students participate in hands-on learning, collaborate in design teams, explore post-secondary institutions, engage with academic and entrepreneurial mentors, experience vulnerability training, and meet some of the most passionate dreamers in Gen Z,” website information states.

Each campus and design team has “a mix of rural and urban participants from diverse economic backgrounds,” it continues.

“Students learn the value of their own perspective and the differing perspectives of those around them.”

Shad alumni benefit from perks including access to exclusive scholarship, events and career nights. As well, “it is a breeding ground for career advice, business opportunities, sharing knowledge and like-minded friendship.”

The successful Surrey students were:

• Earl Marriott Secondary: Daniel Cook, Daniel Guo, Efe Moore

• Elgin Park Secondary: Steven Wang, Emma Wu, Jiaqi Zhang

• Grandview Heights Secondary: Chandan Mann

• Semiahmoo Secondary: Emily Chen, Raymond Li, Max Liu, Chad Su, Daisy Xia, Meira Yue, Bowen Zhan, Simon Zhi

• Fraser Heights: Tony Chen, Karina Freire Kloecking, Meredith Gao, Amanda Huang, Aiden Li, Selina Li, Roy Qiu, Sargun Sidhu, Kuan Wei, Ruei Wei, Warren Zhang

• Guildford Park: Henson Ly

• École Kwantlen Park: Joshua Adebola, Eric Wang; and,

• École Salish: Yash Jain

Shad campuses include University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, McMaster University and Mount Allison University.
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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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