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South Seneca student chosen for Antartica trip

South Seneca High School junior Seth Peng has been chosen to embark on a voyage to Antarctica with an award-winning national organization, “Students On Ice”. He will travel to the southern part of our world from Dec 25th through Jan 9th to study the impact of climate change first hand. Thousands of students across the US and Canada applied for the program and only ten students are selected. This trip of a lifetime begins as the group comes together in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a day at Tierra del Fuego National Park. After boarding their ship, they will sail down the Beagle Channel and start toward the Drake Passage. If weather conditions permit, they will attempt their first landing on the South Shetland Islands during their Austral summer and 24-hour daylight. The educational program includes preparatory study and research prior to the expedition. During the voyage, world-renowned polar educators lead seminars and lectures focused on many topics including the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Antarctic – as well as focusing on the many current environmental issues facing the poles today, such as climate change, global warming and over-fishing. Daily zodiac cruises (a smaller vessel) in the Lemaire Channel, and the Yalour, Petermann and Peneau Islands, landings to wildlife settings, scientific bases and historic sites round out the experience. For more information on this program go to www.studentsonice.com .Seth was also chosen this past summer for an elite program at Brown University at the Brown Environmental Leadership Laboratory. He is strongly foreseeing himself pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering but he also has many interests in anthropology, film, art, creative writing, architecture and the sciences. Some highlights of his Brown summer program included kayaking on the Naragansett Bay, building solar hot water heaters, a field study in the salt marshes a team building ropes course. Seth commented on his Brown University experience saying, “ I enjoyed being in a majestic setting with people from all over the world with diverse backgrounds.” The Antarctica expedition will add to Seth’s environmental experience and he will be the first student from South Seneca to set foot onto the continent of Antarctica.

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