Stu­dent wins Arc­tic-study schol­ar­ship

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NIU YUE in New York

An­gela Zeng of Brook­lyn is the first Chi­nese Amer­i­can from New York to win a schol­ar­ship to the Stu­dents on Ice Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion.

The 2016 ex­pe­di­tion will take 120 high school and uni­ver­sity stu­dents from around the world on a two-week jour­ney (July 21-Aug 5) to ex­plore the eastern Cana­dian Arc­tic and Western Green­land.

The stu­dents will be guided by a team of sci­en­tists and artists and will en­gage in hands-on re­search about the en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture of the area. They will learn about cli­mate change and ocean con­ser­va­tion.

Stu­dents on Ice was founded in 2000 and is funded by the Beatrice Sny­der Foun­da­tion.

Among the high­lights of the trip are a visit to the Il­lulis­sat Ice­fjord UNESCO World Her­itage Site in Green­land, and po­lar-bear watch­ing and kayak-pad­dling in the Arc­tic.

On Tues­day, US Con­gress­woman Ny­dia M. Velázquez con­grat­u­lated Zeng, who lives in her district, at the of­fice of the Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Plan­ning Coun­cil in Brook­lyn.

“We se­lect stu­dents who re­ally care about the com­mu­nity,” Velázquez said. “What mat­ters is how they trans­late the in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge they get from the ex­pe­ri­ence to the com­mu­nity.”

“I want to get a job con­cern­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture,” said Zeng, 18, a se­nior at Brook­lyn Tech­nol­ogy High School.

“I will take in ev­ery sin­gle (thing), so when I come back to my com­mu­nity, I can tell peo­ple about it, and they can pass that on to their fam­i­lies and re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in the world,” she said.

“This is the first time I am trav­el­ing by my­self, so I’m a lit­tle ner­vous,” she said. “I’m stock­ing up with warm clothes and get­ting pre­pared. I ex­pect to learn a lot from this trip, es­pe­cially about what I can do to cre­ate im­pact for the com­mu­nity.”

Nancy Kong and Judy Zhu in New York con­trib­uted to this story.


An­gela Zeng (cen­ter) holds cer­tifi­cate for Stu­dents on Ice Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion 2016. Con­gress­woman Ny­dia M. Velázquez (sec­ond from right) at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion for Zeng on Tues­day at the Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Plan­ning Coun­cil in Brook­lyn.

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