By Charlotte Tarver-Jessica Reid, a grade 10 student at Queen Charlotte Secondary School, is going on a trip to the University of Waterloo in Ontario from May 13 to 20. She is one of 50 female students selected to attend a week-long seminar in Computer Sciences, chosen from a field of about 1,000 applicants from across Canada.
“This is fantastic for a student from a small school to be chosen, especially considering the number of applications,” said math teacher Neal Currie. Mr. Currie encouraged Jessica to go through the demanding application process for the seminar as she has strong math and computer skills.
Jessica has taken math correspondence courses for three years and has been on the gold honour roll at Queen Charlotte school for two years. She likes computers and loves art. Her dream is to bring the two together via computer graphic design. She plans to attend college.
“I love video games, racing games and could play 24/ 7,” said Jessica. “Attending the seminar at Waterloo could lead to a scholarship,” she continued.
While at the seminar, Jessica will attend lectures, projects and labs taught by Waterloo professors. The university pays for her airfare, accommodation and meals for the week, with Jessica contributing $150 towards the trip. She will stay in a dorm with older students. The university’s goals for having the seminar are to increase the number of female students in computer sciences and to recruit students to attend Waterloo.
Other activities are planned for the students, including attending a play at the famous Stratford Theatre. Jessica has yet to see a live play and looks forward to seeing one.
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