North Delta student awarded scholarship to explore the Arctic

Abhayjeet Sachal, a grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary, receives $12,000 scholarship to explore the Arctic with Students on Ice.

Grade 10 Seaquam Secondary student Abhayjeet Sachal will join 120 other youth from around the world to explore the Arctic with Students on Ice.

Abhayjeet Sachal is beginning his exploration of the Arctic this week, as part of a group of 120 students taking part in Students On Ice.

The Grade 10 Seaquam Secondary student will join students from various parts of the world in an intensive learning experience.

Students on Ice was founded in 2000 by Geoff Green to bring together “a global network of expert scientists, educators, elders, artists, musicians, historians, journalists, industry leaders and more,” the organization’s website states. “These world-class experts make up SOI’s education team. During the expedition, they engage with youth from around the world through an educational journey, connecting with the polar regions in hands-on, cross-disciplinary learning – an experience we refer to as The Greatest Classrooms on Earth.”

Sachal received a $12,000 scholarship from the U.S. embassy to take part in the expedition. He is very excited about the opportunity.

“We will be discussing solutions for climate change. We will hear traditional knowledge and gain a new respect for our world and the Arctic,” he said.

He said he has been interested in northern regions for a long time, ever since he took a trip to Alaska with his family when he was young.

Sachal said he looks forward to meeting people from different backgrounds and learning what they are doing about environmental issues in their areas.

“I want to bring those ideas back to Delta School District and hopefully we can adopt some of those programs.”

He was interviewed by CBC prior to leaving for the trip, and plans to share photos and videos of his trip with CBC and The Reporter.

Sachal is interested in science, but is not yet sure what career he will pursue.

“I will see where my path takes me,” he said.

Students On Ice takes place from Thursday, July 21 to Friday, August 5. The students will initially meet in Ottawa, and then travel to Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec, and also to Greenland. They will also travel by ship aroundBaffin Island in Nunavut.

Sachal has been an active part of the Seaquam Environmental Club, also known as Operation Green. It organized and hosted the Delta Green Symposium in March, which featured scientist and Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver as the guest speaker.

Club members helped turn the school’s memorial garden into a rain garden, working with Delta Streamkeepers. The club is also working with other Delta high school envi- ronment clubs to help get Boundary Bay beach certified through a United Nations-affiliated environmental program.

The club is under the sponsorship of teacher Michael Iachetta. He said Sachal is the first Seaquam student to ever take part in the Students on Ice program, and it is unusual for a Grade 10 student to be asked to take part in the program. He said Sachal is an excellent choice for Students On Ice.

To learn more about Students On Ice, see studentsonice.com.

Just Posted

Early morning crash in Surrey on Sunday sends three to hospital

Traffic crash at 4 a.m. at 152nd and 88th Avenue. Police say intersection closed for “some time.”

Two-vehicle collision in South Surrey

Firefighters on scene at 24 Avenue and 160 Street

RCMP ask for help locating missing woman

Sheyna McNabb was last seen near King George and 96th Ave. in Surrey

Photos: Great Pumpkin Run takes place at White Rock waterfront

Families dressed in Halloween costumes for annual event

Campaign pledge prompts Delta libraries reminder of parents, infant health programs

Mayoral candidate George Harvie promised to restore the BabyDaze program if elected

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

Most Read