Castlegar student chosen for Shad program
Two exceptional Kootenay students are preparing for a summer’s adventure into learning. Cassandra de Git of Castlegar and Kamilah Carter of Crawford Bay have been accepted into the elite Shad Valley program. They will be heading east to get an educational boost and KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology) is proud to sponsor these local girls and assist them with costs in attending the program this summer.
The Shad Valley program is a four-week summer enrichment program in which students spend a month living in residence at a participating host university campus. The program is offered to students currently completing Grades 10, 11 or 12. Since its inception in 1981, the program has helped provide a leg up to over 11,000 students. With a focus that includes the sciences, technology and entrepreneurship, the program provides an academically stimulating, mind expanding adventure for top performing well-rounded students. Students also get the opportunity to visit and explore area attractions and enjoy recreational activities while they learn.
Cassandra de Git of Castlegar is eagerly anticipating her educational trip to Shad Valley at McMaster University’s campus in Montreal this summer.
“I am very excited for this life-changing opportunity,” she said. “I believe that my participation in the Shad Valley Program will be highly educational for me and very worthwhile.”
Similarly Kamilah Carter of Crawford Bay see’s her trip to the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
“What I’ve read about Shad makes me believe that it gives young people the opportunity to gain skills and tools that will help them make a difference in the future. It sounds like an amazing program and I’m going to put all of my energy, effort, intelligence and creativity into it this summer. I’m really passionate about science and discovery and can’t wait to spend the summer learning.”
KAST “GLOWS” youth initiative: Growing Learning Opportunities With Science for youth in the West Kootenay is a major component of KAST’s mandate. Along with sponsoring area kids to attend national science fairs and educational programs such as Shad Valley, KAST also assists with organization and sponsorship of area events including local science fairs, Family Math Nights, Quantum Leaps STEM career conference, the Kootenay Contraption Contest, popsicle bridge building contests and more.