Jobs for young people may be in short supply put the path to careers in science, math, technology and engineering will be made easier for 7 outstanding Hamilton High school students. The seven have been selected out of more than 1200 applicants to participate in the award-winning Shad Valley science, technology,engineering, and math(STEM) program this July; which means they will get to spend a month at a Canadian University campus taking advanced studies in science and technology. Originating more than 30 years ago when an academic sitting by Shad Creek running through the Aurora, Ontario campus of St Andrew’s College came up with the idea for an elite program that would identify and nurture exceptional students in science and technology. It is a challenging program where, as the program says, “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.” A key part of the program is an engineering design and entrepreneurship project that simulates a start-up venture, where participants experience the exhilaration of creating breakthrough results in record time as members of collaborative, high-performing teams. Successful completion of the SHAD program gives the participants a leg up on university admission and exposure to prospective employers. Shad Valley has some 13,000 achievements, including 26 Rhodes Scholars. To qualify most students are achieving grades in the 90 percent range.

The winning students and their chosen universities are as follows:

Last name Firstname HighSchool University
Crowther Andrew Ancaster HS Dalhousie
Jeyachandra Thaniya Westdale SS Hamilton Lakehead
Jia Anna(Luming) Westdale SS Hamilton Waterloo
Su Jaron Westmount SS Hamilton Lakehead
Whitmore Nicole Westdale SS Hamilton Memorial
Shadbolt Vince(Vincent) Ancaster HS UNB
Zhao Maggie Westdale SS Hamilton UBC
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