Four Sudbury students have been recognized for their academic, extracurricular, and innovative excellence with their acceptance into a prestigious educational program this summer.

Rainbow District School Board students Grace Martin of Lockerby Composite School, Kate Rantala of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Edward Xiong of Lo-Ellen, and Jocelyn Kuntsi of Manitoulin Secondary School will all participate in the month-long Shad Canada program.

The program brings together students from across the country for a unique look into the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and entrepreneurship.

“Shad provides students with an incredible networking and learning opportunity,” Rainbow District School Board director of education Bruce Bourget said in a release. “I am so proud of our student participants and extend a sincere congratulations to all.”

The students said they’re excited for the opportunity.

“I am motivated by my scientific curiosity,” said Xiong. “I appreciate the opportunity to push myself to my limits, and attend lectures from top Canadian scientists.”

Rantala said she looks forward to building her professional portfolio.

“Shad challenges students to make a difference and affect change. I am excited to create innovative solutions to meaningful world issues in the final design challenge,” she said.

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