Sams trip to Yosemite National Park
Despite being quite a busy teenager, Sam Shepherd, 16, is more than happy to squeeze in another camp this year.
The Portland Secondary College student will spend two weeks in the beautiful Yosemite National Park in California, USA, during August after he was awarded a NatureBridge scholarship by the Alcoa Foundation.Sam was just one of 16 teenagers in Australia who received the scholarship and the all-expenses paid hands-on environmental program at the UNESCO world heritage site.Amazingly, the news came while Sam is currently on a week-long drama camp in Warragul, and having just finished a week-long music camp in Geelong."It’s a fantastic opportunity," Sam said in a phone interview from neighbouring Trafalgar."The chance to spend two weeks focusing on environmental issues in Yosemite National Park is amazing."I’m looking forward to seeing the American wildlife, like the mountain lion, and experiencing the massive temperature change, which will range from 20°C during the day and -6°C overnight."Sam and his fellow scholars will engage in a number of activities along the way; learning about team work, environmental care and most importantly, their fellow scholars’ cultures.The NatureBridge program is designed to empower students aged 16 to 18 to learn how their actions impact their community and the world around them.
An incredible 100 scholarships have been awarded to young people in communities where Alcoa has operations around the world.Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the company was proud to provide this opportunity to young people with a passion for the environment."The successful scholars were selected because of their outstanding applications and recommendation letters," Mr Parker said."It was clear that they are all very committed to their education, keen to become future environmental leaders and hope to make a positive difference in the world."With hundreds of applications worldwide, it is an outstanding achievement to be chosen for the scholarship and we are delighted that 16 young people from Australia will attend this year’s NatureBridge expeditions."
Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.
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