Students heading off on exchange

Ashley Dyson doesn’t know quite what to expect as she packs her bag for a month-long adventure.
But this Friday, she and two other local students will leave to participate in the International Shad Valley program—developing science, technology, and entrepreneurial skills while meeting students from across the country and beyond.
“I’m excited. I’m leaving on Friday and I’m a little nervous but it is going to be a lot of fun,” the Grade 12 student at Fort Frances High School said.
Dyson, along with Heather Wong and Kalon DeGagne (who were profiled in last week’s edition of the Times), will travel to different provinces to spend a month in the intense hands-on exchange program.
Unlike the other two students, Dyson did not have a sponsor and had to cover the costs herself.
“It costs $2,250 but I applied for a bursary and that is covering much of it,” she remarked.
Dyson will be flying to Calgary on Friday to begin her adventure, which will be hosted by the University of Calgary. She said she can’t wait for it to begin.
“I learned about it from friends and they said it was a good opportunity. And I like being busy in the summers so I thought I would try it,” Dyson enthused.