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Gander Collegiate student taking part in prestigious SHAD program

Eva Redmond, a Grade 10 student from Gander Collegiate, is heading to UPEI for a SHAD enrichment course in July.
Eva Redmond, a Grade 10 student from Gander Collegiate, is heading to UPEI for a SHAD enrichment course in July. - Contributed

Eva Redmond, 16, to spend July at UPEI

GANDER, N.L. —  Gander Collegiate student Eva Redmond, 16, first heard about the SHAD program through excited Facebook updates from a student who participated last year. 

Those updates piqued her interested, but it was a SHAD presentation at school in October 2017 that cinched her decision to apply.

“With everything the presenter said, I knew it was for me,” Eva said. “My classmates would look at me a couple times throughout the presentation and say things like ‘That’s definitely you’ or ‘That sounds like an Eva thing,’” Redmond said. “Everyone knows me as a super social person who loves travelling, experiencing new things, and always comes up with the craziest ideas, which is exactly what Shad is.”

When Redmond heads to the University of Prince Edward Island in July, she will be joining 1,000 students who will be participating in programs at one of 16 universities across the country.

The SHAD program has been operating since 1980 as an immersive enrichment experience for students from Grades 10-12. The SHAD students participate in a variety of lectures and activities designed to foster solution-focused thinking in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) under the guidance of leaders in a variety of fields. The goal of the program is to empower participants to recognize that they can help improve the world at any age.

Eva’s interests fit in very well with the SHAD programming. She is hoping her participation will help her clarify her career options.

“I’ve always had a strong feeling that I wanted my career to be something that helps people and makes a difference and I absolutely love science,” she said. “I’ve been leaning towards psychology or astronomy as I’ve always loved studying space in school ever since Grade 6 when we did our space unit and again in Grade 9 when I asked for a telescope for Christmas.

“That is one of my interests, but I’m still not quite certain that it’s the field I would like to get into. So I’m hoping SHAD will help me explore more career options and possibly give me more clarity on what I really love the most.”

Since she has only recently completed Grade 10, Eva will be one of the youngest students in the program, but she is looking forward to the experience.

“I can’t wait to attend Shad with all of the new friends I have already met through our Facebook group and the many more I will meet once I get there,” she said.

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