Drumheller stu­dent Fa­tima Re­han to at­tend award win­ning SHAD pro­gram

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

A record 801 youth from across Canada will be at­tend­ing SHAD, in­clud­ing St. An­thony’s grade 11 stu­dent Fa­tima Re­han.

At­ten­dees are im­mersed in an in­tense one month pro­gram fo­cused on `STEAM’: sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts and math to help these stu­dents see and reach their full po­ten­tial.

Come July 2, Re­han will be fly­ing to Water­loo, On­tario for a month of learn­ing and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it, I’m quite ex­cited,” said Re­han.

SHAD is a reg­is­tered Cana­dian char­ity that em­pow­ers ex­cep­tional high school stu­dents – at a piv­otal point in their ed­u­ca­tion – to rec­og­nize their own ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­vi­sion their ex­tra­or­di­nary po­ten­tial as to­mor­row’s lead­ers and change mak­ers.

“They teach you stuff about eco­nom­ics and you live on cam­pus,” said Re­han. “There is a lot of guest speak­ers and you’ll be meet­ing pro­fes­sors and new peo­ple. It’s also very fo­cused on di­ver­sity.”

SHAD Pres­i­dent and CEO Tim Jackson says SHAD 2017 stu­dents are in for the sum­mer of their lives.

“Past stu­dents rave about the pro­gram and how it trans­forms them,” said Jackson. “That’s why we’re try­ing to en­sure SHAD is known and avail­able to every el­i­gi­ble stu­dent across the coun­try.”

SHAD also of­fers bur­saries to stu­dents with fi­nan­cial need and re­cently an­nounced a part- ner­ship with Path­ways to Ed­u­ca­tion to help stu­dents from more marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties at­tend the pro­gram. In or­der for a stu­dent to en­ter the pres­ti­gious pro­gram, you must first ap­ply.

“They look at your classes and your grades but they also fo­cus on your vol­un­teer work and those things, and on your per­son­al­ity as in you do sports and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties – it’s a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing to get ac­cepted,” said Re­han.

Stu­dents are pre­sented with a theme or so­cial prob­lem every sum­mer which they learn at the be­gin­ning of the pro­gram. They have to de­vise an orig­i­nal prod­uct or ser­vice that ad­dresses this real world, com­plex is­sue. In the process, they are taught how to build a busi­ness plan, mar­ket­ing plan and work­ing pro­to­type and come away with an en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind­set.

Re­han was picked based on her valiant ef­forts in the com­mu­nity, specif­i­cally her school as a stu­dent coun­cil mem­ber, help­ing with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, and vol­un­teer­ing at the li­brary. One of the most no­table ac­tions be­ing her idea of hav­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural day at school.

“Well I do a lot of vol­un­teer work and I’m re­ally ac­tive in my school and my com­mu­nity and I’m just very in­ter­ested in it,” said Re­han.

Re­han is ec­static to be at­tend­ing the sum­mer pro­gram and is proud to rep­re­sent the val­ley in On­tario.

“I’m very ex­cited to go and rep­re­sent our town and show peo­ple what we are about,” said Re­han.

Fa­tima Re­han… Se­lected for Shad pro­gram

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