Orchard Park student participating in prestigious national program

Community Jun 14, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Eva Colic is gearing up for an academically-stimulating adventure of self-discovery.

The 15-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School Grade 10 student is participating in the SHAD program next month at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is one of 701 Grade 10 to 12 students from across Canada who have been chosen for the program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and is designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among the best and brightest youth in the nation. The program runs July 3 to 29 at 12 universities.

“I’m very excited and honoured to have been selected for the program,” Colic said, adding her interest lies in science, particularly biochemistry. “This will give me a chance to learn, work with other students and explore, really, who I am and what I’m capable of. It’s like a journey of self-reflection.”

Colic applied to the SHAD program late last year after her dad suggested it.

Students must complete an in-depth application that delves into both their academics and extracurricular activities. Participants are chosen for their strong academics, community involvement and creativity.

Colic, who not only has top marks, but also is a member of the school’s robotics team and is a published poet, said the process was challenging and rewarding.

“It was hard answering all of the questions because you’re very limited in the space they give you, so you really have to think about what to write,” she said. “When I found out that I had been selected for the program earlier this year I was super excited because I heard 1,500 students had applied. That made all of the effort well worth it and it definitely boosted my confidence.”

Colic’s experience in the SHAD program will include a chance to interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders.

She’ll also get the opportunity to collaborate with other students on a challenge. Together, they’ll use their different skills and expertise to devise an original product or service that addresses a real-world, complex issue. They’ll also learn how to build a business plan, marketing plan and working prototype in the process.

Colic said the experience also will include a little downtime.

“I was told we have a 16-hour day, most of it will be lectures and workshops,” she said. “But we’ll also get a chance to participate in recreational activities and have the opportunity to explore local attractions. I’ve never been to Ottawa, so I’m looking forward to exploring the capital.”

The SHAD program not only inspires students to see their full potential, but also enables them to join a network of about 15,000 alumni and 30 Rhodes Scholars.

Colic said there are many benefits to the program.

“This will give me a jump start on my future,” she said. “It’s going to be amazing working with other students from all over, while also getting a chance to learn more about myself. I think the networking part and the connections I’ll make are what I’m most looking forward to.”

Orchard Park student participating in prestigious national program

Eva Colic makes the grade for SHAD

Community Jun 14, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Eva Colic is gearing up for an academically-stimulating adventure of self-discovery.

The 15-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School Grade 10 student is participating in the SHAD program next month at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is one of 701 Grade 10 to 12 students from across Canada who have been chosen for the program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and is designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among the best and brightest youth in the nation. The program runs July 3 to 29 at 12 universities.

“I’m very excited and honoured to have been selected for the program,” Colic said, adding her interest lies in science, particularly biochemistry. “This will give me a chance to learn, work with other students and explore, really, who I am and what I’m capable of. It’s like a journey of self-reflection.”

Colic applied to the SHAD program late last year after her dad suggested it.

“This will give me a chance to learn, work with other students and explore, really, who I am and what I’m capable of."

Students must complete an in-depth application that delves into both their academics and extracurricular activities. Participants are chosen for their strong academics, community involvement and creativity.

Colic, who not only has top marks, but also is a member of the school’s robotics team and is a published poet, said the process was challenging and rewarding.

“It was hard answering all of the questions because you’re very limited in the space they give you, so you really have to think about what to write,” she said. “When I found out that I had been selected for the program earlier this year I was super excited because I heard 1,500 students had applied. That made all of the effort well worth it and it definitely boosted my confidence.”

Colic’s experience in the SHAD program will include a chance to interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders.

She’ll also get the opportunity to collaborate with other students on a challenge. Together, they’ll use their different skills and expertise to devise an original product or service that addresses a real-world, complex issue. They’ll also learn how to build a business plan, marketing plan and working prototype in the process.

Colic said the experience also will include a little downtime.

“I was told we have a 16-hour day, most of it will be lectures and workshops,” she said. “But we’ll also get a chance to participate in recreational activities and have the opportunity to explore local attractions. I’ve never been to Ottawa, so I’m looking forward to exploring the capital.”

The SHAD program not only inspires students to see their full potential, but also enables them to join a network of about 15,000 alumni and 30 Rhodes Scholars.

Colic said there are many benefits to the program.

“This will give me a jump start on my future,” she said. “It’s going to be amazing working with other students from all over, while also getting a chance to learn more about myself. I think the networking part and the connections I’ll make are what I’m most looking forward to.”

Orchard Park student participating in prestigious national program

Eva Colic makes the grade for SHAD

Community Jun 14, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Eva Colic is gearing up for an academically-stimulating adventure of self-discovery.

The 15-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School Grade 10 student is participating in the SHAD program next month at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is one of 701 Grade 10 to 12 students from across Canada who have been chosen for the program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and is designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among the best and brightest youth in the nation. The program runs July 3 to 29 at 12 universities.

“I’m very excited and honoured to have been selected for the program,” Colic said, adding her interest lies in science, particularly biochemistry. “This will give me a chance to learn, work with other students and explore, really, who I am and what I’m capable of. It’s like a journey of self-reflection.”

Colic applied to the SHAD program late last year after her dad suggested it.

“This will give me a chance to learn, work with other students and explore, really, who I am and what I’m capable of."

Students must complete an in-depth application that delves into both their academics and extracurricular activities. Participants are chosen for their strong academics, community involvement and creativity.

Colic, who not only has top marks, but also is a member of the school’s robotics team and is a published poet, said the process was challenging and rewarding.

“It was hard answering all of the questions because you’re very limited in the space they give you, so you really have to think about what to write,” she said. “When I found out that I had been selected for the program earlier this year I was super excited because I heard 1,500 students had applied. That made all of the effort well worth it and it definitely boosted my confidence.”

Colic’s experience in the SHAD program will include a chance to interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders.

She’ll also get the opportunity to collaborate with other students on a challenge. Together, they’ll use their different skills and expertise to devise an original product or service that addresses a real-world, complex issue. They’ll also learn how to build a business plan, marketing plan and working prototype in the process.

Colic said the experience also will include a little downtime.

“I was told we have a 16-hour day, most of it will be lectures and workshops,” she said. “But we’ll also get a chance to participate in recreational activities and have the opportunity to explore local attractions. I’ve never been to Ottawa, so I’m looking forward to exploring the capital.”

The SHAD program not only inspires students to see their full potential, but also enables them to join a network of about 15,000 alumni and 30 Rhodes Scholars.

Colic said there are many benefits to the program.

“This will give me a jump start on my future,” she said. “It’s going to be amazing working with other students from all over, while also getting a chance to learn more about myself. I think the networking part and the connections I’ll make are what I’m most looking forward to.”