South Okanagan student to visit Arctic

One lucky local student will get a chance to spend 10 days aboard an Arctic icebreaker

One lucky local student will get a chance to spend 10 days aboard an Arctic icebreaker to learn about the effects of climate change in the north.

Passage aboard the CCGS Amundsen is being offered this fall to the as-yet-unchosen student from the Okanagan Skaha School District. The ship is a floating laboratory that periodically offers a small number of students and teachers from across Canada the chance to work alongside its own scientists.

Jennifer Wingham, vice-principal of KVR Middle School, apprised the school board of the opportunity at its June meeting. A candidate must be selected by the end of June. To be eligible for selection, students must be in Grades 10 to 12, maintain a B average in science-oriented courses, and be in reasonably good shape.

The trip will begin in late September with a two-day orientation session in the Nunavut community of  Kugluktuk, followed by the session at sea.

The CCGS Amundsen is featured on the back of the new $50 bill.