Castlegar’s Jacob Lunn, a 2014 graduate of Stanley Humphries Secondary School, has been selected to pursue his potential and participate in the award-winning SHAD Valley science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program this month. Lunn was chosen from a list of more than 1,200 applicants across Canada.
The life-changing, life-directing experience has taken Lunn on a four-week journey designed to push his intellectual, creative, and leadership skills to the next level. Shad Valley is a four week summer enrichment program. Students spend a month living in residence at one of a number of host university campuses across Canada.
“Centred on STEM and innovation, SHAD is where Canada’s top youth achievers are exposed to great ideas, inspired to look at things differently, and challenged to reach for the highest levels of excellence,” says Barry Bisson, SHAD President. “SHAD sparks personal growth and healthy self-confidence in Canada’s next generation of STEM leaders and change makers – a group that needs special attention and support beyond regular high school classroom settings.”
Lunn is among only 620 youth selected to spend July immersed in the rewards and rigors of higher learning at one of SHAD’s 12 host universities from coast to coast. “SHAD exposes bright youth to advanced topics and takes them out of their comfort zones. SHAD supports them to discover new ways to learn, engage, experiment and excel,” says Bisson.