Sir Winston students focused on future
Ethan Tang and Hailin Wang
Two Sir Winston Churchill students will be spending July participating in SHAD, an award-winning Canadian enrichment program that develops student skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in science, technology, engineering, art and math — or STEAM.
The two students, Ethan Tang and Hailin Wang, will join nearly 800 other students as part of the program.
SHAD is an organization named after a creek near where the first program was founded
“To be honest I didn’t really expect it to be this big. I just thought it was something fun to do over the summer, but it feels nice. I’m quite satisfied with how far I’ve come,” said Tang.
He said both he and Wang both had to write a number of entrance essays and provide information about themselves regarding their extra-curricular work.
Tang said he’s focused on engineering and math.
Wang said, “it feels really good because this is really a field (STEAM) that I’m really interested in. Engineering, mathematics and technology are things I want to do in the future. I feel like going to this program in the summer will really get me to the next step.”
“The things that I’ll learn will really help me with the rest of my life, so this is a really exciting opportunity.”
Wang said his major fields are technology and engineering.
“When I’m in school, a lot of the extra-curriculars I participate in are engineering clubs, the DSBN (District School Board of Niagara) skills competitions — this is everything I’m centred on.”
Wang said nearly 1,800 students applied for the grant, most of them being already in the top of their schools.
“It was pretty hard. I was really surprised when I got in,” said Wang.
SHAD president and chief executive officer Tim Jackson said the 2017 SHAD students are in for “the summer of their lives.”
“Past students rave about the program and how it transforms them. That’s why we’re trying to ensure SHAD is known and available to every single eligible student across the country.”
Opportunities SHAD alumni, like Simone Cavanaugh, have had in the past include advising Justin Trudeau as part of his government’s youth council.
“Canada right now is focused on innovation and youth, and the best combinations of those two things is at SHAD,” said Cavanaugh.
Students live in residence during their time in the program, which will span across 13 university campuses.
Tang and Wang will be attending Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick, respectively.