Lo­cal stu­dents head­ing to SHAD en­rich­ment pro­gram

Al­li­son Lus­combe tak­ing part at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity and Martha Wool­frey off to UBA for a month

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY CHRIS­TINE HENNEBURY

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 Lus­combe

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 Wool­frey

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.

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