Four NPSS Students Accepted To Prestigious SHAD Program

North Peace Secondary School. File photo

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four students from North Peace Secondary have been accepted to participate in the prestigious SHAD program at four Canadian universities this summer.

Grade 10 students Victoria Platzer and Jessica Telizyn, as well as 11th graders Annie Peachey and Victoria Sadownik will join 697 other students from across the country to take part in the program, which takes place at 12 host universities from coast to coast. The four students will be participating at Queen’s University, Dalhousie University, Lakeland University, and the University of New Brunswick.


The SHAD program, which was founded in 1980, immerses students in an intense one month program in July focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. After the program, they become connected to a network featuring some of the brightest young minds in the country, including 30 Rhodes Scholars.

SHAD alumnus and board member Michele Romanow, who is also one of the ‘dragons” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den says that the program is “is one of Canada’s best kept secrets,” adding that she doesn’t believe she would be an entrepreneur if she didn’t go to SHAD.