September 27, 2016

Alcoa sends students on wild US science adventure


Overcoming physical challenges, wild bear sightings and new friendships were just some of the highlights for 16 Australian high school students who recently returned from UNESCO world heritage sites in the United States of America.

The students conducted research and explored environmental issues in Yosemite National Park in California, Olympic National Park in Washington or Shenandoah National Park in Virginia as part of a NatureBridge scholarship awarded by Alcoa Foundation earlier this year.

Pinjarra student Jayde Watts hiked through Olympic National Park in Washington and said the team had to overcome both physical and mental challenges on a daily basis.


“Every member of our team was pushed to their limits, but it was then that we found our mental strength to battle any challenge; nothing could stop us,” said Jayde.


Sam Shepherd from Portland, Victoria, expressed his gratitude for the amazing experience Alcoa afforded him.

“The trip to Yosemite was incredible. I'm so thankful for this opportunity from NatureBridge and the Alcoa Foundation,” said Sam.

“I was so lucky to meet 43 other students from 13 different countries around the world. They made my time in the breathtaking surroundings unforgettable.”

The NatureBridge program is designed to empower students aged 16 to 18 years old and team them how their actions impact whole communities and the world around them. In 2016, 100 scholarships, were awarded to young people from communities where Alcoa operates globally.

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Sam Shepherd (centre) and Taylah Hanks (right) with team mates from the US and Russia presenting their NatureBridge science project

 

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Western Australian students Chad Plummer (front) and Karina Graham (front row second from the left), with scholars from around the world.

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Media contact: Cheri Hodgson on cheri.hodgson@alcoa.com.au and 9557 4163.