ELEVEN Peel high school students were among 18 teenagers chosen from around the state to travel to the US and participate in scientific expeditions.
A total of 55 students aged 16 to 18 were chosen from across the globe to participate in an Alcoa foundation-funded NatureBridge program.
The program will bring together like-minded high school students to learn how their actions will impact their community and the world around them.
The group will head off in July or August to either Yosemite National Park in California or Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
The group will learn about team work, environmental care and the different cultures of their fellow scholars.
Baldivis Secondary College student Taleisha Gooden, who was awarded an Alcoa Foundation scholarship, said it would be her first overseas adventure through participation in the program.
She said she was looking forward to having the opportunity to meet new people in a different and exciting environment.
“My school told my cohort about the opportunity and when I looked into it I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“I love to be outdoors and participate in conservation work.
“A few of my older friends said it would definitely be worthwhile to at least apply and now here I am.”