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GREEN BAY, NL — Four teens from the Green Bay area are among 800 students from across the country accepted into the prestigious SHAD program this summer.
Formerly known as SHAD Valley, SHAD takes place July 2-28 at 13 host university campuses.
The one-month program is touted as fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among Canada’s best and brightest high school students.
Jessica Jacobs and Silas Young of Springdale are both Grade 11 students at Indian River High.
Makenna Taylor of Roberts Arm is a Grade 10 student at Dorset Collegiate.
Valmont Academy Grade 10 student Hailey Noseworthy of Silverdale also earned entrance into the program.
SHAD sees students living in residence at their assigned campus.
The program focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to help the students reach their potential.
The students are selected after an intense competition, which includes examining their extracurricular activities and the work they are doing in their communities and beyond.
Hailey has been accepted into the SHAD program at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She believes she was selected for the program because of her leadership skills and her passion for math and science.
“I’m involved in eight school sports and I’m a figure skater with the Silver Gliders Club. I’m the secretary of my leadership committee, I’m an actor in my drama program and I’m a junior coach for cheerleading and figure skating,” the 15-year-old said.
Hailey is mulling over physiotherapy and engineering as possible career paths.
Being part of SHAD may help her decide on what to study after high school, she said.
“I hope that, from this, I can have a straighter path going into post-secondary and that I’ll know what I want to do,” she said.
We will be meeting all these people from various places across Canada. We don’t get those opportunities living in a small town.
Jessica Jacobs, Springdale student
Makenna will be attending SHAD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
“My academics are good and I believe I did a good job on writing my essays. One was about writing poetry,” the 16-year-old said when asked why the selection committee gave her application the green light.
Makenna is confident the program will give her an opportunity to make great memories as well as new friends.
Makenna is thinking about studying engineering or joining the RCMP when she’s finished high school.
“I think (SHAD) will be an overall good experience. And it will look really good on college and university applications,” she said.
Silas is also embracing the SHAD experience.
He is very active in school and enjoys giving back to his community.
“I volunteer as a coaching assistant on the swim team and the hockey team. To be able to take a young person and show them their own potential, that’s a beautiful thing,” the 17-year-old said.
Silas will be participating in the SHAD program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
“I plan on going to university there… I’m hoping to get a business (undergraduate degree) and I’m hoping to go to law school after that,” Silas said.
Once he earns his law degree, Silas would like to represent some of society’s most vulnerable people.
“I want to be able to help people who can’t fight for themselves,” the astute teen said.
Silas believes the entrepreneurship focus of SHAD will help him in his ambitions to become a lawyer.
“I’m also really looking forward to the diversity and the teamwork aspect (of SHAD). I think that will be very enjoyable and that I’ll gain a lot from it,” he said.
Jessica has been accepted at SHAD’s Dalhousie University campus in Halifax.
The 17-year-old believes her involvement in her community and her school helped earn her a place in the program.
“If there’s a sport at school I’m probably playing it. I’m in the band at school and I play piano as well.”
Jessica is also part of her school’s leadership team and volunteers helping younger children in her community.
While she’s thinking about studying pharmacy after high school, Jessica said her mind is open to other opportunities as well.
The knowledge that she hopes to gain being in a university environment this summer will be invaluable, she said.
“We will be meeting all these people from various places across Canada. We don’t get those opportunities living in a small town,” Jessica said.
For more information on SHAD visit www.shad.ca