Local students heading to SHAD enrichment program
Allison Luscombe taking part at Mount Allison University and Martha Woolfrey off to UBA for a month
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR/ BOTWOOD, N.L. — Students Allison Luscombe of Grand Falls-Windsor and Martha Woolfrey of Botwood are spending July with 1,000 other students at university campuses across Canada as part of the prestigious SHAD program.
SHAD, which has been operating since 1980, is an enrichment program that brings together exceptional students to participate in lectures, activities, workshops and projects related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). The students learn from leaders in those fields and then explore ways to apply their learning and problem-solving skills to real world problems.
Allison, 15, has lived in Grand Falls-Windsor for most of her life.
She was drawn to the program because her father was a SHAD alumnus.
“He told me all about his experience with the program,” Luscombe said. “He described it as a ‘transformative experience’ for him, and I was curious to find out what he meant by that statement by experiencing the program myself.”
Allison will be participating in SHAD activities at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick.
“I can’t wait to meet all of the other SHADs at Mount A,” she said. “I’m ecstatic at the idea that I will be meeting so many like-minded people.
“This is Mount Allison’s first year hosting the SHAD program, and I’m excited to be among the first to attend SHAD there.”
Allison, a mental health advocate who is considering psychology or psychiatry as a career, says her main goal with the program is to have fun and make great memories.
She also hopes that her SHAD experience will help her prepare for the future.
“I’m hoping this program will allow me to make new friends for life, people who share my interests and my passion for discovery,” Allison said.
“I’m also hoping I’ll learn more about careers I might pursue after high school and enhance my knowledge of STEAM based careers.”
She considers it a great honour to have been offered a position in the SHAD program and she wants to make the most of the experience.
“I look very forward to being able to meet people from across Canada,” she said. “I hope to be a strong advocate for my home province of Newfoundland and encourage my peers to consider the program in the future.”
Martha, 16, of Botwood, is heading to the Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia for her SHAD program.
“I am excited to travel across the country and see everything that Vancouver and SHAD UBC has to offer,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to trying new things such as sea kayaking and creating a business pitch (with our SHAD project groups).”
Martha applied because she was interested in working with other students who are keenly interested in the same sort of ideas that intrigue her.
“I wanted to experience the close community of like-minded students at the program,” she said. “I also wished to immerse myself in the fields of STEAM that play such a key role in SHAD.”
The SHAD program is a great fit for Martha’s vision of her future career.
“I hope to pursue a career as an environmental engineer,” she said. “I’ve been always been interested in protecting the environment. I may eventually return to university to complete a degree in botany as well.”
Martha has very practical plans to apply the skills she develops throughout her career.
“I would like to design ecofriendly products that are both practical and affordable for rural communities,” she said. “I may also work with climate change research teams.”
Martha, who has her own jewelry business called Coast of Clay, sees the possibility of immediately applying some of the business advice that comes along with SHAD participation.
“As an arts entrepreneur, SHAD may teach me how to effectively manage my jewelry business.”
While she has high hopes for the program, Martha is also very practical about what she will find at her SHAD program this year.
“I hope that my journey with SHAD will open new career paths, expand my interests and introduce me to a network of friends,” she noted.
For more information about the SHAD program visit: www.shad.ca
Allison Luscombe, 15, from Grand Falls-Windsor is participating in the SHAD program at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick this month.
Martha Woolfrey, 16, of Botwood is participating in the SHAD program at UBC in Vancouver, British Columbia this month.