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Raslan Rahman


Raslan is a student from a nice, quaint school called MRSM Alor Gajah. Hailing from Malaysia, the expedition will be his first time on ice!

Considering he spends very little of his time doing anything particularly useful, he chose to join the SOI expedition to find some deeper enlightenment. Specifically, he is looking forward to getting hands-on experience with Inuit culture.

Micheal Aliqu

Akulivik, Quebec, Canada

Micheal was born in Puvirnituq but now lives in Akulivik, Nunavik where he is in secondary 4.

He enjoys playing sports and being outdoors. He plays ice hockey, floor hockey and ping pong, and likes to hunt, fish and travel.

In the future Micheal hopes to become a pilot.

Tyson Agnetsiak

Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

My name is Tyson Angnetsiak. I currently live in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. I was born in Iqaluit on July 3rd, 1997. I am adopted by James M. and Helen Angnetsiak. I’m 17 years old. My priority is basketball. I have been practicing basketball for five years and have been coaching for two years. I travel different places to play basketball for big tournaments with my teammates. This year, we’re the undefeated champions in all Nunavut and I was awarded the MVP. I have been involved in Team Nunavut Association for basketball to play outside of Nunavut. Last year, I participated on North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan, Regina. That is my whole story about basketball. I am also a hunter. Being out on the land hunting and camping is what I love. And mostly, I spend time hunting during winter and spring

Mehra Balsara

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Mehra is committed to environmental change and frequently enjoys the outdoors by snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking. She has volunteered at multiple conservation groups and has participated in a range of fundraising activities. Mehra wants to learn more about how environmental degradation affects local and global communities and hopes to pursue a career in environmental engineering in the future. She is interested in in discussing new ideas and global issues, and hopes to talk with mentors and students on what the future looks like for the Arctic.



I am the eldest of 3 siblings. My two brothers are 12 and 4. My parents come from Managerial background by profession. Both of them always inspire me to become a good leader. I love sports and rugby is my passion. I love singing and acting and am playing guitar too which I learned on my own. Also, I am a debater. All these have made people recognized me as someone who is versatile. My strength is in communication. Therefore, I like to mingle with people with all types of characteristic. I always put people in an easy situation so that they can interact with me comfortably. I’m able to convince and influence people and these have helped me to become a good leader. I am open to challenges and exploring new things. The opportunity to join Arctic Expedition 2015 will be the great exposure that I cannot bear to miss.

Nitish Bhatt

St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Nitish Bhatt is a Level II student at Gonzaga High School in St. John’s and the Founder of United4Literacy. His involvement in Child Literacy and Social Justice started on his trip to his homeland, India. He saw the true effects of poverty and the major role illiteracy plays in the poverty cycle. Inspired to do something to raise literacy levels back home, he decided to start his own effort to help spread child literacy. Hence United4Literacy was created. He has also become involved in community organizations such as the Association of New Canadians. He is passionate about environment and appointed as the Canadian Youth Ambassador for United Nations Environmental Programme’s and Samsung’s organization Tunza Eco Generation since 2013. He also volunteers with the Canadian Blood Services and school’s Peace and Justice Committee, Debate Club, Newspaper Club and Eco Club. Nitish has received URock award and Caring Canadian Award for his volunteering and leadership.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My name is Rachel and I was born and raised in London ON but moved to Toronto to study Creative Industries (specializing in Business of Music and Communications) at Ryerson University. I love meeting new people, attending music festivals, cycling and camping. Growing up, my parents focused our family vacations on experiencing Canada, which meant a lot of time outside. Obviously it rubbed off! This sense of travel mixed with a love of history and culture prepared me perfectly for working with Parks Canada. This year I’m one of Parks Canada’s Northern Engagement Students based out of Toronto that will be joining the SOI 2015 expedition. Through this experience I hope to engage and educate people across the nation about the beautiful, diverse and rapidly changing north that we often seem to forget. I want to encourage others to explore this Canadian gem and experience this unique culture in our country.

Alex Bouvier

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

I was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and just graduated from high school. I am a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation and spent my summers with my grandparents who live on the shores of Kluane Lake, which is part of the Kluane National Park Reserve. I have always been active in sports playing basketball and volleyball. I am looking forward to this Students on Ice adventure; experiencing a different part of the north and getting to know the others joining us on this expedition.

Petra Brown

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

My name is Petra. I am 17 years old and I live in Ottawa, ON. I am currently attending Canterbury High School in the Visual Arts Program where my favourite subjects are math, science and art. I am very involved in sports both in and out of school, participating in soccer, gymnastics, skiing, running and sailing. I also love reading and hanging out with my friends. This past year at school, along with fellow classmates, I helped to organise the Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum held at the Canadian Museum of Nature, which was a wonderful and educational experience. I have always been interested and inspired by nature and I am really looking forward to learning more about the Arctic.

Daniel Browne

St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Hi, I’m Daniel, I’m 16 years old and I’m from St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. I am very excited to be participating in the 2015 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition! I love nature and hiking along the East Coast Trail. I also have a strong interest in music – I play the cello in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Phantasior String Quartet, and sing in the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble Youth Mixed Chorus and Shallaway Youth Choir, where I participate in a leadership program in which I work with younger ensembles. As well as the incredible experience of seeing one of the world’s most beautiful, but delicate ecosystems, I hope to gain valuable leadership skills from the Students on Ice program to take back with me as I continue to strive to make a difference in my community and the world.

Corine Cadoret

Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada

Hello everyone, my name is Corine and I am part of the 2015 students on ice team. I am 16 years old and I am from Canada. I live in a small town from the northern part of Quebec call Baie-Comeau but I am studying at Ecole Secondaire Serge Bouchard. Next year, am going to college in a scientific program. I am very exicited about the expedition and I can’t wait to meet new people and learn new things! Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Mililani, Hawai’i, USA

Aloha! My name is Brandon Caliwag and I am a recent graduate of the University Laboratory School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. I will be attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this Fall term. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, I have a deep appreciation of our natural, cultural and geological resources. I especially enjoy our ocean environment and spend most of my recreation time as an avid surfer, kayaker and competitive outrigger canoe paddler. My interest in Hawaiian culture and love of the ocean inspired my involvement with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, where we learn mālama honua — to take care of everything that makes up our world: people, land, oceans, living beings, and our community.

Christina Cheung

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Christina strongly believes that educating about social issues should not be a responsibility of the non-governmental organizations, but rather it should be incorporated into school subjects. She believes that it is time to introduce the societal topics into the classrooms, regardless of how controversial, so children are prepared to make a difference under this rapidly developing world. Therefore, as the National Youth Ambassador of World Vision, she leads a group of youths to implement social justice topics into the curriculum. Combining with the passion for a better change, she aspires to incorporate societal events early into the classrooms and enhance the quality of education around the world.


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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Hi! My name is Beatrice Chemtov, and I live in Montreal, Quebec. I’ve been fascinated by anything related to the world we live in from a very young age, and enjoy outdoor activities like camping and gardening. I also love moving, whether that’s dancing or running to different clubs, and am interested in photography. I’m intrigued by humanity’s effect on the environment, and can’t wait to learn more and become an ambassador in sustainability. I’m excited to go on this expedition because I want to pursue a career in environmental sciences and want to explore such an important part of our planet.


Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Robert is an Inuk from Iqaluit Nunavut who is currently studying at Carleton University. He is a History major with a minor in Political Science. Rob has lived in, quite literally, all four corners of Canada. Having the chance the experience the West coast, the Prairies, the East coast, and Ottawa. Home will always be the Arctic for Robert. He strongly believes that youth should be not only participating in the dialogue but helping also helping direct this dialogue. Especially in terms of formal avenues such as international conferences. Rob is engaged in his community in Ottawa with organizations like the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Center. Rob’s goal is to help improve the overall quality of life and ensure that youth in the Arctic have opportunities to have their voices heard. He believes that this is possible through education and self-government. Rob enjoys hockey, lacrosse, and a good fiction novel.

Ashley Cummings

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Ashley was born in Iqaluit, NU and was raised in various parts of the north. She is very passionate about the arts and helping others. She enjoys reading, traveling, and learning even more about her Inuit culture. Ashley is a member of the choir and student council in her school. In her future, she hopes to study psychology and become a counsellor and also travel anywhere she can. She is ecstatic to be chosen for Students On Ice 2015 and explore places she has never seen before!


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

My name is Henry Daniel.
I am 17 years old and I attend Rideau High School in Ottawa Ontario Canada.
I enjoy skateboarding and spending time with family and friends.
I am very excited about being a part of Students on Ice. I believe that this experience will be life changing!


Nain, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Megan is a 16 year old girl from Nain, Nunatsiavut. She is the second child of 4, and is very close to her 2 sisters and brother. Megan loves the outdoors, spending time at her grandparents’ home and cabin and chocolate! Her favorite pass time is reading, and spending time with friends. She appreciates every tiny detail in nature and takes pictures every opportunity she gets. Megan took part in the kangidluasuk Student Program in 2014 and gained many valuable skills, one including the skinning of a seal! She looks forward to traveling the world, making new friends and learning new skills!

Erinn Drage

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Having just completed her second year at Queen’s University, Erinn is excited to be taking a break from the books and to take her studies out into the real world. Always a nature lover, Erinn grew up curiously inspecting tide pools and exploring the forests of Nova Scotia. Over the past few years however, she have developed a keen interested in a very different natural environment – the Arctic. Although she generally prefers a warm day spent laying on the beach or hiking, Erinn considers the Arctic special enough to be worth the cold weather.
Erinn is one of the Parks Canada Northern Engagement and Outreach Students based in Vancouver this year. She has had two unique opportunities to explore and fall in love with the great white north already, and is looking forward to venturing toward the top of the world again this summer with Students on Ice.

Ste-Angele-de-Monnoir, Quebec, Canada

Raphael Dury is a 19 year-old world traveller, runner, and aspiring writer.
He has had interesting travel experiences in places like Egypt (accidentally getting caught in the Revolution), Iceland via bicycle, Mongolia on horseback, and driving in a van with his parents and eight siblings (seven at the time) through Central America.
Last May he clocked in numerous kilometres running marathons in Greece with Ray Zahab and his inspiring organization Impossible 2 Possible (i2p). While running with his teammates, he discovered the joy of going through challenges with friends by your side.
This quote meant much more to him after completing his first marathon: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Parr Etidloie

Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada

Parr Etidloie, 15 years old, is an emerging Cape Dorset artist with a distinctive imagination and strong desire to explore the world and the possibility of pursuing a career in art. Parr comes from a distinguished lineage of artists, his father is the late Isaci Etidloie, a celebrated carver, and he is also the great grandson of Parr, one of the first and most highly regarded Cape Dorset graphic artists.


Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada

Lindsay is from Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.
She was born in Ottawa but was raised in the Arctic. Lindsay likes to hunt and has caught a 10 foot polar bear and also likes to take place in the annual hunt for Narwhals in late-summer. Boiled seal, fried caribou, and meat balls are her favourite meals. She loves playing sports such as Volleyball, Badminton, and snowboarding. Her future goal is to attend Nunavut Sivuniksavut, however, she has a lot of other dreams to look forward to since the sky is the limit! Lindsay loves to dance and travel. Sewing, reading and dancing are her outlets when she wants to relax. She likes to cook, go for walks, drive, and listen to music.

Rebecka Ferraro

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Hi I’m Rebecka! I’m 17 and am going into my final year at Loyola C.S.S where I’ve taken part in the H.O.P.E  Club (Helping Other People Everywhere) Student Council,  Deca, Link Crew, and the Senior Girls Volleyball Team.
In the future I plan to be an environmental Architect, involving eco-friendly construction, the preservation of resources, and all around sustainability. Beyond my interest in creation and design, I have a great appreciation for art, especially contemporary and mixed media pieces.
I’ve played guitar for the past few years and enjoy the company that music brings. As a very curious person, I always want to learn more about the world, and about different people in different places.
Through this incredible expedition I’ll be able to learn and see things I never thought I could, and for that I am very grateful.


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

My name is Andrew Fitzsimmons. I was born and raised in the Prairie gem of Regina, Saskatchewan. Currently I am completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. In my free time I enjoy: performing improv comedy; working on my blog; playing video games; spending times with friends and family; learning; and exploring the world!
My goals for the Students on Ice Arctic excursion this year are to learn more about how people in the North are adapting to changes in the Arctic environs. On top of this I want to share my passion for, knowledge of, and experiences in the North with young Canadians!
Andrew is one of Parks Canada’s Northern Engagement Students that will be joining the SOI 2015 Expedition. He is based in Toronto.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Meghan is a student at the University of Victoria, hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has lived on both the Pacific and Atlantic coast of Canada, with time spent in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. However, Meghan feels most at home near the Pacific Ocean, in the vast temperate rainforests of coastal British Columbia. Her love for the earth stemmed from her summers in the small town of Pender Harbour, on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Meghan’s passion for the environment and lust for travel led her to pursue a degree in Geography, with which she hopes to someday work sustaining the environment, focusing on the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Meghan wants to experience the Arctic in order to be able to see one of the most remote areas of the world, the wildlife of the region, and to spread climate change awareness in the future.

Cameron Flooren

Fort Vermillion, Alberta, Canada

My name is Cameron Flooren, by the time I am on the expedition I will be 17 years old.  I am currently in grade 11.  I am an Inuvialuit but I grew up on a farm in a rural area in Northern Alberta, Canada. I was part of the Great North 4H Beef club in our community. When I heard about the expedition I knew this was something that I wanted to do. This was a once in a lifetime experience to explore the beauty of the land surrounding us.  This expedition will teach me what is happening with our poles and how we can preserve the land for future generations.

Gabi Foss

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My name is Gabrielle, but you can call me Gabi! I live in Toronto, but I love escaping the city to camp, hike and take pictures for my non-profit “Art with Heart” ( I have been a competitive middle-distance runner for a few years, and I hope to start training for triathlons next year. In the fall I will begin my first year at the University of Western Ontario, to study Health Science and Business! I am really passionate about human health and the environment, and am interested in how the two are interconnected with the rest of society. I am beyond excited to be embarking on this incredible journey with so many unique people. I hope to learn about the environment and culture that exists in the Arctic – as well as the challenges the land and people face – in order to spark meaningful change after we return.

Paige Garner

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Paige is on her second trip with SOI after first going on the Antarctic expedition. She has since been waiting for the opportunity to go to the Arctic! An avid gardener she has just started volunteering her time at a local farm to gain experience before she goes to college, hopefully for sustainable agriculture. Paige lives just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but travels often. She most looks forward to seeing the impressive resilience of Northern botany.

Fredericka Giorcelli


Describing myself is hard, in 150 words, even harder. Talking about myself is not my thing, I’d rather listen to others. I enjoy seeing people smile, or when they’re really passionate about something and you can tell they could talk about it for days. Therefore, I love sharing everything and anything with people, learning and growing from stories is what I call a real lesson. With that said, I forgot the basic things about myself : I’m a 17 year old Italian girl living in Monaco, and I’m really grateful to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I await meeting every individual who is taking part of this expedition, making new friends and learning things I can’t even think of.


Nevada City, California, USA

Hi, my name is Indigo Goehring and I’m 14. I live in Northern California in a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Even though I’m from a little town I’ve traveled a l
ot, but I’ve never been to the Arctic. I am, however, really looking forward to it. I don’t really like cold weather so I’m a bit nervous, but I’m excited to meet new people (who can hopefully show me how to deal with that), and to see and learn about the great environment up there.

Milo Goehring

Nevada City, California, USA

My name is Milo Goehring and I’m very excited to be going to the Arctic. I’m from Nevada City, California, go to a public Waldorf charter school, and live in a CoHousing community (32 families where we share meals and stuff but have our own houses). I’m into basketball, especially, and I play competitively. I’ve been to Alaska and Glacier Bay but never to the far North. I’m looking forward to making new friends and learning more about my passion: the environment.

Maria Gonzalez

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

It’s almost impossible for me to sum myself up in less than 150 words! I’m a coffee addict and have a huge passion for marine biology, one that I would hope to pursue by attending Dalhousie, a university in Nova Scotia, for post secondary. I love music, I play the clarinet and taught myself the piano, and am hoping to also learn the alto sax. If I am not playing my instruments, I am usually outside. I love to play soccer, snowboard or simply sit and enjoy the view. I am definitely more of a listener and can come off as super shy at first, but once you get to know me you’d probably wish I was.


Aupaluk, Quebec, Canada
Ned is in grade 12 at Arsaniq and enjoys participating in sports and community initiatives; he is a member and mentor of the Canadian Rangers, a coach with Joe Juneau’s Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program, a former participant in the Arctic Winter Games and a volunteer firefighter. Ned’s passion is to stay active and be a strong leader in his community. The Students on Ice expedition is an exciting opportunity for Ned because it will allow him to meet new people, explore different cultures and learn about the Arctic environment. 

St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Victoria is an avid music lover who is involved in string ensemble and three choirs in her school. She loves to perform for her peers and generally be around people, but also enjoys spending time alone and walking on local trails to take in nature’s beauty. Victoria is currently in the International Baccalaureate program and has a vast interest in climate change and the Polar Regions. She also loves biology and is excited to see the flora and fauna in the North. This summer’s adventure is perfect for Victoria since she loves to learn from new experiences and travel to beautiful places. Going to the Arctic is a once in a lifetime opportunity and she looks forward to making new friends, memories, and hopefully learning more about the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment!


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Tasiilaq, Greenland

My name is Nivi. And I am 19 years old. I am from East Greenland, Tasiilaq. I am studying in Sisimiut right now. My family consists of my three little brothers; Niklas, Kevin and Kean, and my parents; Johanne and Justus. I am a girl that likes to be creative and independent. My friends and my family describes me with these words and phrases: Sweet, shy, funny, a creative person, a happy girl, a girl who puts hers family and friends first.

Chase Holwell

Nain, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Chase Holwell is a fourteen year-old from Nain, NL. His interests include reading and “going off” on the land. He is also a member of Jens Haven Memorial School’s brass band, drama troupe and student council. As a member of Nain’s first Junior Canadian Rangers troupe, Chase enjoys learning about outdoor survival skills. He is eager to explore Greenland and Nunavut, to see the similarities and differences when compared to Nunatsiavut. Chase’s dream is to discover the secrets of the Arctic – how life continues to survive in such a harsh but delicate climate. He hopes to learn more about his Inuit culture and to examine the challenges facing Arctic life. His goal is take what he learns on this voyage and use that to help his community deal with its own changing environment – physical, political and cultural.

Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Robert Hrabchak is studying mechanical engineering at Tufts University and will be entering his Sophomore year this fall.
He has been interested in sustainability from a young age. During high school he converted a used car into an all electric vehicle which he still drives around his hometown of Princeton, New Jersey.
Before college, Robert took a gap year during which time he worked for a solar power company designing and installing solar arrays in post-earthquake Haiti.

Foster City, California, USA

Kevin Huo is interested in connecting the dots between E3: Ecology, Equity, Economy. Starting at a young age Kevin used his paintbrush to promote environmental activism with River of Word’s Grand Prize award- Birds over San Francisco Bay in part as an Earth Art Campaign.
Following the Young-Eco Hero Action for Nature award in 2009, Kevin began to give presentations on behalf of Jane Goodall Root’s and Shoot’s as an Chimpanzee Ambassador. In continuation, he also began his interest in Hawk-watching at Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in San Francisco.
Also, five years ago Kevin began being an Environmental Educator at the Don Edwards U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge Habitat Heroes Program teaching youth, which culminated in the 2015 President’s Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award. In his school and community Kevin is a Local High School Sport’s Radio On-Air Talent and a TED-Ed Talks Club Leader.


Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
I am a 16 year old Grade 10 student at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School, Malton, Mississauga,Ontario, Canada. I live nearby with my parents and three very spirited younger siblings.
Some of my hobbies include reading, painting, writing, and baking. I am interested in sociology, communication and interaction among living organisms, and everything eccentric.
I am super-duper-excited to be on this expedition and look forward to exploring, as I see it, the now arrhythmic heart of the Earth.


Kigali, Rwanda

Hi, I’m Christella from Rwanda. I am in my final high school year majoring in Math, Physics and Chemistry. I am a member of a girl empowerment club called Girl Up, and also a member of my school’s varsity volleyball team. I enjoy dancing and listening to music. In my free time, I tutor underprivileged poor children in my school community along with other members of the tutoring club. I can’t wait to meet new people, learn new cultures and share mine as well on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I am eager to discover what the Arctic has in store for us, and I am hoping to learn more and grow more!

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Kujaaruk, Nunavut, Canada

I am a recent graduate of Kugaaruk Illiniarvik.
I enjoy hunting and being out on the land. I enjoy doing mechanical and small engine work on snowmobiles and ATVs. Some of my other hobbies include badminton, square dancing, and playing video games.
I am excited to be part of the Arctic Expedition Team this year.

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

My name is Brian Ituluk, I am a 17 year old, born and raised in Kimmirut, Nunavut-currently living in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

I love music, hip-hop, the outdoors, learning new things and meeting new people.

I am looking forward to this great opportunity of adventure!

Domonic Iqalukjuak

Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada

Domonic is proud to be from the small, beautiful Arctic community of Clyde River, NU. He loves sports, especially basketball, and you can often find him on the courts after school and under the midnight sun all summer long. Domonic also enjoys spending time on the land, hunting, fishing, and just being outside with his friends and family. He has always been interested in science, particularly astronomy and everything to do with our Solar System and beyond. He is so excited for the opportunity to be involved with Students on Ice and cannot wait to learn from the other students, teachers, and scientists on the ship!


St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

My name is Dakshita Jagota. I live in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I was born in India and moved to Canada five years ago. I am in grade 11 and interested in math, sciences and applications of these subjects. In my spare time, I love to dance, play piano and read books. I enjoy hikes and trails to explore the natural beauty of our planet and in pursuit of the same, I’ve hiked many trails in Newfoundland including Gros Morne mountain and Tablelands. I like experiencing new & adventurous things. I am fascinated about polar effects on planet Earth. Throughout this expedition, I expect to learn more about the Arctic region and the ways we can protect it to protect our planet. I am also very excited to visit new communities, learn about their cultures and create lots of memories to bring back home. I look forward to meet everyone during expedition!

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Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Mackenzie Jefferies, also known as “Mick” was fortunate enough to receive the full ride scholarship for the SOI expedition. Mick is 17 years old and lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, though he grew up in the small town of Charlottetown, Labrador. Aside from school and work, Mick is involved in multiple school and community activities. Mick is currently the Newfoundland and Labrador Ambassador for ACIC’s Act 4 Global Change campaign and devotes most of his time to leadership initiatives and volunteering for causes he feels passionate about. Mick is curious about humanity’s role in the environment, and how we can positively protect and improve our beautiful world. He is looking forward to this enriching experience and learning exactly how important the Arctic is for the environment and ways we can protect that jewel. Mick is interested in studying leadership studies with the goal of attending medical school after completion.


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Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada

My name is Lizzie Jessie Johannes and I am 16 years old. I live in Kuujjuaq, Québec. I am Inuk and I speak Inuktitut. I study at Jaanimmarik high school in French and I am in secondary 3. I love to go camping on the land with my family and to hunt. I love to be around people and to be active. I practice hockey, volleyball and basketball. I have a big family of five sisters and one little brother. I love being with them and with my cousins too. I feel lucky to have them in my life. I work at the local store five days a week as a cashier. It is a lot of work but I love being with my co-workers. We get along very well and work isn’t really work with them. I am really looking forward going on Student on Ice expedition.

Arviat, Nunavut, Canada

Hi, my name is Ruth Kaviok. I live in Arviat Nunavut. My favorite thing to do is bake. When I’m not baking, I’m either practicing my lines for a play, spending time with my family, or working at our local store. During the summer, I usually go out on the land and have a picnic or supper with my family. I strongly respect my culture and history, so I am always proud to be who I am and where I come from. My ancestors always tried really hard to survive, so I don’t give up easily on things. When it comes to helping others, I am always willing to help, or volunteer. When I get older, my goal is to travel and further my education, because I believe we have to see and experience to learn and grow, and become who we wanted to become from when we were little.

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Kemptville, Ontario, Canada

Hi my name is Alex and I am 15 years old. I am currently in Grade 10. I live on a farm in a small village about an hour from Ottawa. I have travelled all my life to places like Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and others, experiences I am very grateful for. With my mothers’ work I have been up to the Arctic before and I loved it. I currently play basketball, soccer, badminton, and do archery and boxing and I am an alpine ski racer. I like binge watching Netflix, biking and music. My favoutite bands are Kings of Leon, Royal Blood and lots of others. I am a little shy when you first meet me but I can get a pretty saucy in a funny way. I’m am excited for the expedition, and look forward to meeting everyone.


St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Hi, I’m Grace! For eight years I lived on a small island off the coast of Maine, USA and then moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, where I am now completing the International Baccalaureate program. I am involved with student council and choir, and in my free time I write or practice yoga. I lead a youth committee that aims to help de-stigmatize the topic of mental health. My love for learning spans all subjects, but I especially enjoy literature, history and biology. When I get excited, I talk too fast and ask a lot of questions. I am a hiking and camping enthusiast who is fascinated with the intricate beauty of our planet, especially the unique life of the Arctic region. I believe that my experience in the Arctic will open my mind up to nature and to other people like never before.


Hong Kong, China

I was born and have been living in Hong Kong my entire life. I am attending the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, and next year I will enter the IB diploma program focusing mainly on Geography, Physics and English. I am interested in renewable energy studies and the impact of energy consumption on climate change. In my free time I love to dance, especially Irish dance and ballet. I am also involved in community service, helping young children learn to read English. I am looking forward to Students on Ice because it will give me an opportunity to meet other students like myself who have an interest in sustainability studies. It will also give me a chance to learn from others and share experiences and ideas. I can’t wait to see Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing this amazing experience together.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_08_07_Croaker Bay-417_JeannieJEANNIE KITISHIMIK
Umiujaq, Quebec, Canada

My name is Jeannie, I live in the small town of Umiujaq, Nunavik with my parents. I have three sisters and three brothers, but my second little brother was adopted and passed away two years ago. I also have a niece and a nephew who I love very much.
Our town is called Umiujaq because the big mountain near our town resembles an Umiujaq, which is an ‘upside down boat’.

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-44_Lena Korgak DoucetLENA KORGAK DOUCET
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

My name is Lena, I love being outdoors but I am not too fond of bugs! In the summer I like to go fishing, berry picking, camping, taking pictures of scenery and going for walks. But my favorite things to do would have to be going for a swim and then having a bon-fire. I love animals so I would like to learn more about the environment and what the impact of climate change has on the northern animals like the polar bear and learn how we are able to prevent any more damage from happening. I plan to learn a lot about the environment/wildlife on this expedition as my dream job is to become an Environmental Scientist.

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Taylorsville, Utah, USA

My name is Amber Rose Dwyer, and I just graduated from my high school in Taylorsville, Utah. I am a administrative assistant and concert producer here in Salt Lake City. Some of my favorite things to do are to go to concerts, take and edit photos or videos, go hiking in the beautiful mountains we have here in Utah, and travel. This past November, my short documentary about ghost hunting, religion, and death called Chasing Death premiered. Out of all the things I’ve done, I’m most proud of Chasing Death. I will be going to the University of Utah in the fall and hope to one day be a travel and social justice/ environmental documentarian. I’m so excited to see and spend time with you all in the chilly Arctic! ( PS I’m the one with the long hair in the picture!)


Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

My name is Tooma Laisa and I was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
I was born on December 16 and I am 15 years old and I was adopted at birth. I have over 10 siblings from all sides of my family. My best friends are Madaline, Kaya, Lena and Leanna. I would like to think of myself at a very good artist. The latest drawing I did was Robert De Niro. I also go to Skills Canada for cooking and baking club. I like to watch movies before I read the book because the movies are great and than reading the book later on is much better! My favourite show is Charmed, but I don’t have a favourite movies because I like a lot of them. My favourite subject in school is English because I love literature. Especially Romeo & Juliet.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_31_Disco Bay Greenland-177_LiaLIA LE BRUN ROBLES GIL
Baie-Durfé, Quebec, Canada

Anne Sophie, preferably known as Lia, is a very curious individual and will always be overloaded with questions, and although she may be a little shy at first, she’ll get over that quickly enough. She really enjoys learning and will be eager to listen to what various experts have to say on just about any topic. She also loves the outdoors and all fauna, particularly mammals and birds. In fact, she has volunteered at a bird rehabilitation centre (Le Nichoir) for the past two years. She really looks forwards to, hopefully, seeing a Polar bear, an Arctic fox and the Northern lights. In particular, Anne Sophie would like to learn about the arctic ecosystem, both past and present, as well as how climate change is affecting it and what can be done. And lastly, she feels a little awkward writing about herself in the third person….

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

An optimist, classical musician, national dragonboater, food lover, International Baccalaureate 2015 graduate, and a learning enthusiast – I’m an18 year old Taiwanese Canadian Vancouverite who enjoys doing yoga and playing volleyball. I strongly advocate healthy living and environmental sustainability. I aspire to become a family physician and continue with my humanitarian work at a local and international basis. I am the Editor in Chief of Big Bang Science Magazine and an executive member of the PenPals organization where we work with students with autism. In my free time, I run around and capture smiles on my Canon Rebel T3i.
Despite my love for the arts, science is what I hope to go into in the future (and perhaps minor in the humanities). I studied Chemistry, Geography and Biology at a High Level in IB and have travelled to more than 10 cities and 4 continents during my highschool career.


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hi, I am seventeen years-old, born in New York City, and now living in Ottawa. I attend Canterbury High School in the Literary Arts Program. Outdoor Education has had a huge impact on my high school experience. I participated in the outdoor-ed course last year as a student, and this year as one of two Peer Tutors. I spend lots of time training for cross-country and track, and race with my school and with my team year-round. I also love to bike, especially in the winter, and I sew wallets, bags, and necklaces out of used bike inner tubes. I have been involved in many environmental and social justice initiatives, including working with Me to We, and being a member of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council. I am very excited to go on this new and exciting adventure and meet so many other people who are passionate learners and adventurers.

Nicholas Leroux

Chelsea, Quebec, Canada

My name is Nicholas Leroux and I’m 16 years old. I go to Darcy McGee high school in Aylmer, Quebec. I’m currently in grade 10 and live in Chelsea, Quebec.
I do a variety of sports although skiing is my favorite one to do. In my pass time I tend to be outside doing sports.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the landscapes in Greenland and learning about the Arctic and its environment!

Jonathan Lidd

Nain, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

I’m Jonathan Lidd. I’m from Nain, Labrador. Nain is a fly-in community in the Inuit settlement area of Nunatsiavut. I am in grade 12 and graduating this year. I will be the first person in my family to go to college this fall. I love jogging, hiking, biking, and fishing. I am in a program called “Going Off, Growing Strong” in my community. In this program, I go on the land with hunters in my community. I’m learning different land names, and how to travel by skidoo on the sea ice. Often, we bring wild foods like partridge, seal, and Arctic char back to our community freezer or deliver this food to Elders. I have spent the past two summers in Torngat Mountains National Park. I’m excited to see Sirmilik National Park and Greenland on this expedition, and to meet new people from around the world!

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

I am a recent high school graduate, currently living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Growing up in the NWT and the Yukon my parents granted me every opportunity to be on the land learning new things. The wilderness was where I thrived, and I have become an outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy skiing, hunting, rock climbing, ice climbing, canoeing, and camping. I have recently received my Paddle Canada certification as a Canoe Tripping Instructor. Over the past few years I have done multiple canoe and rafting trips and intend to do many more! My goal is to pursue a career in outdoor guiding to be able to provide other people similar opportunities and experiences on the land. I’m excited to learn more about the Arctic and meet new people to share this experience with!

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Phoenix was born July 25, 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and he celebrates his 18th birthday this month! He is the big brother to five sisters and he has extended family throughout Manitoba. He enjoys playing hockey, swimming in fresh water lakes and hanging out with his many friends. In the New Year Pheonix is looking forward to attending Red River College in Business IT Management in Winnipeg. This summer he is excited to join Parks Canada in Churchill, Manitoba where he will participate in the Wapusk Leadership Camp as well as assisting many of the different departments during a very busy summer season. The Students on Ice program is eagerly anticipated with special interest in viewing glaciers, whales and other ocean creatures in their natural habitat.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-56_MaxMAX MARKOWITZ
Scarsdale, New York, USA

Hello, my name is Max Markowitz.
I am 15 years old and will be entering 10th grade next fall. I live in Scarsdale, NY which is about 20 miles from New York City. I will be working as a counselor in training for a local summer camp this summer, and I hope to work on my lifeguard certification as well. I enjoy computer games and recently I started to work with my new 3D printer. After school I also belong to a rock climbing team and have been climbing for the past few years. I am very excited about this upcoming trip as I recently had to opportunity to travel to Antarctica last December with the Students on Ice team which was an amazing experience! Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Kuujjuuaq, QC, Canada

Bio coming soon!

Michael Mehreteab

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Michael is an inquisitive seventeen year old student who attends Loyola Secondary School, where his favorite subjects are Biology and Anthropology. He enjoys reading, watching movies and biking. Michael is an active, passionate volunteer in  his school and his local communities; he is the deputy Prime Minister on his schools student council, he volunteers at a local camp and he is an active volunteer in his Eritrean community.
Michael is extremely excited to travel to the Arctic because he knows that traveling with Student on Ice is a once in a lifetime opportunity and that the Arctic represents one of nature’s greatest gifts. Michael is looking forward for this trip and hopes that throughout this trip he’ll make international groups of friends with like minded future leaders.


Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

I’m Justin Milton. I am 16 years old and I have lived in Pond Inlet for my entire life. I had just finished Grade 11 and I’m on my way to finishing High school next year.
My hobbies include, but aren’t limited to: hanging out with my friends, playing my fiddle, using my computer, and playing video games.
I am an introvert who likes to be challenged with critical thinking. I tend to excel at essays and I would be what you would see as a “left-brained” person. During my past-time, I like to visit friends and occasionally play video-games together.
As a Parks Canada Summer Student Program, I get to go to the Students On Ice Expedition. I am so glad that I get to go on an expedition like this.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I am one of Parks Canada’s Northern Engagement Students based in Montreal, and will be joining the 2015 SOI Expedition this summer. I have a deep interest regarding wildlife and the environment, an interest which led me to study biology. I combined this interest with my fascination regarding the Arctic, and spent my undergraduate and master’s studies in the region, studying the reproductive ecology of the greater snow goose and of the Arctic fox in beautiful Sirmilik National Park. My studies put me on a path of awareness of Nordic issues, and inspired me to work for the preservation of Nordic ecosystems, biodiversity and cultures. By participating to this trip I want to share my passion for the North with others. I hope in the future more Canadians will have the opportunity to visit these exceptional places that have captivated students like myself.


St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Katie is a passionate second year Marine Environmental Technology student at the Marine Institute in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Her interests include camping, hiking, fishing, soccer, cooking, and music. Katie lives in downtown St. John’s right next to the ocean and spends as much time as possible enjoying her view of the narrows where ships enter the St. John’s Harbor. She plans on shaping her career around the marine environment and helping to maintain its health & beauty and is excited to kick it off in good health, with new friends, and on a beautiful ship headed for the Arctic. She can’t wait to meet everyone involved and to begin their adventure of a lifetime together.


Oslo, Norway

Kristine studies meteorology and oceanography at the University of Oslo. After spending one semester at Svalbard studying polar climate she is very passionate about climate change, especially in the Arctic. She spends most of her time working in the Science Society at her university, and relaxing with her friends. She likes knitting and taking photos of the northern lights. At the Students on Ice Expedition she hopes to learn about climate change from different perspectives than what she is used to.


Photo © Lee Narraway. Students on IceAISLINN MUMFORD
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Aislinn is a curious, reflective, and passionate junior from Providence, Rhode Island. She enjoys spending time with her family, pole vaulting, gardening, and reading. Curious about everything, Aislinn cannot wait to learn more about the ecosystems of the Arctic and gain valuable new experiences and memories.

Myca Nakashook

Pangnirtung, NU, Canada

I am originally from Pangnirtung Nunavut. I was born in Iqaluit, but I was raised in Pangnirtung my whole life. I am currently in grade 11 and I am 16 years old. I love learning new things, meeting new people and making new friends. I am shy at first but once I get to know you I am a very energedic and talkative.

Washington, USA

Connor is completing his sophomore year at Washington State University and applying for pharmacy school acceptance in the fall. He is athletic and has been an avid baseball player since little league. He loves sports of almost any kind! He played recreational sports for fraternity in college. Connor can be shy and reserved until he gets  to know a group better. Looking forward to polar plunge!

Matthew Newell

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I am a curious and inquisitive student who is always willing to learn. As a result of this, I have become quite interested in the study of climate change as a byproduct of the industrial age and how it will affect life on our planet. Despite my hard-working exterior, I am very much a ‘right-brain thinker’; information excites me, but discovering information is where I would rather use my abilities. If a hands-on approach is possible, it is the path that I am most likely to take. As a ‘right-brain thinker’ I like to think that I am creative and I hope to one day use this creativity in order to begin a career in creative writing and journalism. I would love to incorporate the knowledge gained from this expedition in future projects involving creative writing and journalism.

Mary’s Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Hello, my name is Gage Nochasak. I am of Inuit descent and my family has come from Nunatsiavut in Labrador. I am currently living in Mary’s Harbour, Labrador, and I am almost 17 years old. I have applied for the SOI program because I have always been interested in the plants, animals, and environment of the north and learning what inhabits it. Being a person who is always wanting to learn more about my culture, I would take any opportunity to see it and learn more about it. I am a generally athletic person. I love sports such as volleyball, ice hockey, badminton, and table tennis. I like to write occasionally and read books such as J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and books on mythology, whether it’s Roman, Greek, Indian, Inuit, English, or Asian myth.

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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Lyric is from the Cree community of Waswanipi, Quebec; a relatively small reserve with a population of less than 2,000. She is currently completing her last year of high school at D’Arcy McGee High School in Gatineau.
She loves spending time with her grandparents and participating in running events. She qualified for the 2014 RSEQ regional and provincial cross country races. She also participated in the 2014 and 2015 Pierre-Lavoie Grand Defi 273km relay from Quebec City to Montreal.
She is participating in this expedition because she wants to actively be a part of the global effort to address environmental issues. She hopes to carry the lessons and skills she acquires during the expedition with her in future involvements in whatever activities and events that relates to the betterment of her community and culture.

Puvirnituq, Quebec
Hi, my name is Akinisie Novalinga, I’m from Puvirnituq Quebec, called “Nunavik” I grew up there but I was born in Montreal. At the time on expedition I was 17 years old now I’m heading to 18, I have protective parents, they’ve been married for 18 years, I have two lil sisters that are younger than me, and I have one big brother, but my oldest brother passed away in 2008. I never knew my grand-parents, because they passed away before me, but my Grand-mother passed away when I was 3 months old, but I don’t remember her. Since my best friend passed away my mother and I are very close to each other. but now I’m in pre-college in Kangirsujuak Qc, which is on different coast, it’s really hard to be away from my family, especially my mother. I am came here to pre-college to upgrade my French, before going to college in Montreal (Marie-Victorin). I like to make parka, I play volley-ball well, I like to swim, and I make mittens. My goal here in Kangirsujuak is to finish this program for 8 months, almost a year, then I want to study to become a pilot, I have already told our teacher to study that. I want that job because it was my big dream since a long time ago, I want to take people home, I want to travel, and see the world, and make new friends.

Isobel Obrecht

San Francisco, California, USA

My name is Isobel Obrecht. I am 15 years old.
I live in San Francisco with my Mom and Dad and 12 year old brother.
I am just finishing my freshman year at the International High School. I am involved in my school’s theater program, I dance, do photography, and study the violin.
I love listening to music, especially jazz and blues. I practice a martial art called Hapkido. I also like to read, draw, go for walks, write, and sing. I love being outside and I love cold weather.

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-42_DanielDANIEL ONNINGNAK
Aupaluk, Quebec, Canada

Daniel is from Aupaluk, a community in northern Quebec. He is a leader at his French school and enjoys spending time and helping younger students in class and extracurricular activities. He loves finding out how things work with computers, videos and other technology. Daniel speaks English, French, and Inuktitut.

Outside of school, Daniel works at the Co-op grocery story. He is also a participating member of the Junior Rangers. Daniel also enjoys playing sports. During the winter, he is usually at the rink playing hockey as a goalie. Daniel enjoys going out on the land to do hunting, fishing, and camping. He loves to spend time with his family and friends most of all.
Daniel is excited to learn more about the circumpolar regions with SOI. After the expedition he hopes to go to CEGEP and college.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_29_Kangerlussuaq-5_Sally_Mehra_Dakshita_Malu_SophiaMALU OSTERMANN
Sisimiut, Greenland

My name is Malu Ostermann and I am 18 years old, I am a happy Greenlandic girl (I been told). I love to cook and bake and I especially love to read fiction novels, but I love to watch movies too. I love to be outside especially in the winter because I can drive a snowmobile and I like it. In the summer I love being out in the nature with family or friends and make food and go for walks. I love my family and my boyfriend and I love spending time with them. AND I LOVE TO TRAVEL!


Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Hello, My name is Lora Oyukuluk. I live in the hamlet of Arctic Bay, Nunavut with a population of about 850 people. I go to Inuujaq School, a K-12 school of 220 students. I like to learn new things and am very excited to go to Greenland! I am hoping to meet many new friends with Students On Ice. The Arctic is important to me because it is my home and part of culture. My grandmother has taught me how to make traditional clothing out of seal skin and caribou fur. I like to spend my free time out on the land, camping with my family!

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Pessamit, Quebec, Canada

My name is Noah, I am 16 years old. I am from a small aboriginal community in Quebec called Pessamit. I’m about to complete my secondary V, which will lead me to CÉGEP. I will continue my college education in Chicoutimi, which is now called the city of Saguenay. My favorite past times include playing video games and roaming the internet, but don’t get fooled, I also like nature. My favorite color is blue.  Also, I love making other people laugh. My dream is to join the police force, because I feel like helping other people is everybody’s responsability as a human being. I’m thinking that becoming a police officer is the best way to help people on a daily basis.

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Hey! My name is Nathan and I attend St. Joan of Arc Catholic secondary school where I am heading into the twelfth grade next year.
My interests are reading mystery novels as well as drawing art of my favourite characters.
I am an outgoing person and will complete any challenges that I am faced with!

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Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

Hi, I’m Cody Pitseolak. I’m 18, and I’m 6′ 1/2″ tall. I was born and raised in Pond Inlet. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. I just graduated from high school and I am selected to go to college in Ottawa to learn more about the territory I live in this coming September . After that, I will apply for another college that can lead me to become an elementary school teacher. I like to travel and meet new people. My favourite sports are basketball and table tennis. I like playing with my drums. I enjoy listening to music. I also enjoy hunting and camping. Thank you.

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Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada

Seemee Pitseoluk is passionate about the environment and likes to spend time outdoors. In the summer time, he likes to take walks or even hike up a mountain. Seemee is interested in learning new things such as new culture, wildlife, and specifically about the life and important Bow Head whale. Seemee likes to do sports such as badminton, ping pong, basketball and sometimes volley-ball. He mostly likes to play badminton. He’s been to two tournaments so far and he is looking forward to go to the next one in November. When he graduates he is looking forward to study at collage. When he graduates collage he wants to become a pilot.


Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I live in Barrie, Ontario. My favourite sports are soccer, basketball and volleyball. I love to read, swim and snowboard. I enjoy the outdoors, especially canoeing and camping. I want to study biology in university and hope to be paramedic or a police detective.

Repulse Bay, Nunavut, Canada

My name is Charmaine Putulik. I am from Repulse Bay, Nunavut. I am 17 years old and I am in Grade 11 at Tusarvik School. I enjoy playing sports especially volleyball and badminton. I also enjoy visiting friends, volunteering, and going to school. My favourite subject in school is wood shop. I like to go out on the land to hunt and fish. I also like travelling and meeting new friends. So far I have travelled to Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet, Pelly Bay and Iqaluit. I am really looking forward to travelling to Greenland and participating in Students On Ice.

Sarah Puxley
Salluit, Quebec, Canada
My Name is Sarah Puxley, I’m 16 and I live in Salluit. I have 3 sisters. I’ll be secondary 4 French in the fall, I work part time station agent at Airinuit. I’m half inuk and half white.
I like listening to music and watch movies, I go to the fitness few times a week. I go camping and hunting a lot with my family. Every summer I go out on our Sea-doo alone or with a friend to hunt. I like playing sports (volleyball, floor hockey, badminton) & I enjoy meeting new people, exploring and learning other cultures.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_31_on board-137_Jesse_EvelynEVELYN ROWE
Cheney, Washington, USA

Beginning freshman year in high school in the fall, I am a straight-A student and have already completed two high school credit classes (Algebra and Spanish). Last summer I traveled to Europe with People to People and went to Greece, Italy and France; an experience I loved. I love to travel and have been able to do so since I was a baby as I have family on both coasts and have had the opportunity to travel regularly to spend time with them. Outside of school and travel, my true passion is cheerleading. I have been a competitive cheerleader since I was five and travel to competitions outside my hometown in December through April each year. This year I am hoping we are invited to Florida to compete with the best cheer gyms in the country. This upcoming year I will also cheer for my high school.

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I am a young man born in Nice in 1998, my hobbies are drama, photography, volley-ball, tennis and last-but-not-least music (I play saxophone and piano). I am in 11th grade in a scientific section in a Private Catholic school in Monaco, my goal is to become an intenationaly recognized achitect, my dream is to work in New Zealand. During the weekend I work with children in a Catholic Association.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Originally from Toronto, I moved to Ottawa to pursue an undergrad in Biology and Environmental Studies. It was then I realized that having a connection to the outdoors and nature is a fundamental human need, especially for urban dwellers like myself. With the goal of sharing Canada’s natural, historical and cultural treasures, my job at Parks Canada for the summer will allow me to engage and connect with thousands of Canadians. On my first expedition to the Arctic this summer with Students on Ice, I hope to learn more about the complex and diverse natural and cultural elements that embody the North. I am more than excited and grateful to embark on this expedition and share everything I learn, hear, see and experience with other Canadians, in hopes of making the Arctic more accessible to all.

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Gisenyi, Rwanda

My name is Didiane, I’m seventeen years old and I live in Rwanda. I’m passionate about nature and the ecosystem. I ‘m in grade 11 at Gashora Girls Academy and take sciences mainly; Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Outside of class I an involved in extra curricular activities; this term I’ve been installing the Solar irrigation system with a group of students from University of Pennsylvania to improve the school’s agricultural products. Besides that, I love arts and music, so in my free time I do some paintings, write poems and listen to music. I would like to take Environmental psychology at University mainly because it matches with my interests. At the outset, I love meeting new people and I’m super excited about this adventure!

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Carman, Manitoba, Canada

Madi is a grade 11-12 student in Carman, Manitoba. She enjoys playing sports like basketball, volleyball and baseball and she is working at a summer camp as a lifeguard. She is part of an Envirothon team and is co-president of her student council. She adores marine life and loves to scuba dive whenever she gets the chance. In post-secondary school she hopes to pursue marine biology. She has a strong passion for the environment and can’t wait to learn more about it on the expedition. She would like to learn what it is like in the Northern Regions and would like to see if working up north is something that she might want to do in the future! She is looking forward to the Artic expedition!

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Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Hello! My name is Taia. I am 16 years old and live in Sendai, Japan. I was born in Canada but have lived in many interesting places including Macao, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore and Austria. I have a 7 year old brother and an 18 year old sister. I have been a competitive figure skater since I was 4 years old and also enjoy playing outdoor sports. In the future I want to travel the world.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you and making new friends!

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Fish Creek, Wisconsin, USA

Hello my name is Makayla Swain. I am 18 years old and from Fish Creek, a small town in Wisconsin. I am very outgoing and have a bubbly personality. I am in many extra curricular activities at my school and enjoy doing community service in my free time. I graduated form Gibraltar High School on June 7th and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to study Elementary Education this fall. I enjoy spending time with my family enjoying nature and embarking on various adventures. I have always been very interested in the Arctic and am so grateful and excited to be on this journey!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hey, my name is Matt Thompson, and I am a 16 year old from Ottawa, Canada. I’m in the Grade 10 French Immersion program at Nepean High School. The Arctic has always been a very cool place in my mind and I’m really excited to be a part of the 2015 expedition. During my spare time, I play various competitive sports, including soccer, hockey, and rugby. I also enjoy binge watching Netflix TV shows, playing NHL and FIFA, and hanging out with friends. At school, my favorite subjects are math and science. I really like spending time outdoors and have a cottage in the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River where I visit a lot in the summer. Hopefully this bio has given you a better idea about what type of guy I am. I look forward to meeting all of you. This expedition is going to be unreal!

Shawn Tourangeau

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada

My name is Shawn Tourangeau. I come from Fort Smith, a small town in the Northwest Territories, Canada. One of my biggest passions in life are the dramatic and performing arts. I have been playing the flute for five years, baritone and saxophone for one year. I also love doing anything related to drama. I have recently been in a play which I helped write called “Normal”. The play outlines how difficult it could be going through high school. Substance abuse, bullying and suicide are a few of the the things talked about. When I’m not doing any of thoses things (besides working) I enjoy doing anything adventurous with my friends. I have recently been to Europe and absolutely loved it and now I just want to travel. I love meeting new people and I hope to learn amazing new things. I cannot wait.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Colin is finishing a Masters in Geography at UBC and will soon be making the move to Toronto to pursue his PhD in the same discipline at York University. His research deals with how people understand nature(s), and has looked specifically at how people in the Canadian South imagine the Arctic. Colin is a sucker for adventure and, like most young Canadians his age, has a bad case of wanderlust. His travels have taken him to postings in Gros Morne National Park, to glacier traverses in Jasper National Park. This will be Colin’s first trip to the Arctic and he is looking forward to meeting the diverse peoples that call this spectacular region home and is equally excited to spot some Arctic wildlife. Colin is one of Parks Canada’s Northern Engagement Students that will be joining the SOI 2015 Expedition. He is based in Vancouver.

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-54_James

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada

I am from a hamlet in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut called Gjoa Haven. I am 15 years old and I go to Qiqirtaq High School. One of my interests is learning about the way my ancestors lived, especially learning about drum dancing because it is one of my favourite things to do in the world. I wanted to go on this expedition because there are several members of my community that have participated in Students on Ice and they frequently talk about how it was the trip of a lifetime. On this adventure I hope to learn a lot of new things about the place that I call home. I would also like to make a lot of new friends during this experience.

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-45_Owen

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hi! My name is Owen and I’ll be heading into eleventh grade this year at University of Toronto Schools, in Toronto, Canada. I’ve always been drawn to the Arctic, not only for its raw natural beauty, but also due to the fascinating juncture it represents between the most pressing environmental and social issues we face today. I’d love to emerge from Students on Ice with a better idea of how First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues, and other concerns facing the Arctic population, are developing, as well as their relation to the ever-changing geopolitical climate. I look forward to meeting everyone and to beginning the SOI expedition!

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-36_Krystina

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Hello fellow expeditioners!
Here is a little bit about me: My name is Krystyna Urbancic, and I am 17 years old from Kingston, Ontario. In september, I will be embarking on four years of grueling, tireless work, to receive my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If I had to tell you what my passion in life is, you would hear me going on and on about saving our oceans and protecting our environment from further damage; I think I would love to pursue environmental activism as a job in my future. Other than that, I enjoy listening to music, talking non-stop to people, and watching artsy/indie films. I can’t wait to meet all of you! I’m sure we will all be close friends in no time at all! See you in July!

Shadunjen van Kampen

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Shadunjen lives in Whitehorse, Yukon and is a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. In the past year, she has discovered a new interest in environmental science. She has done a lot of travelling and some things included in her travels were learning to scuba dive, to sail a catamaran, and to surf. Shadunjen enjoys drawing, playing the piano, watercolour painting and playing softball but the thing she is best at and enjoys most is rifle shooting. She hopes to one day be a pilot in the air force. She is also looking very forward to going on the expedition!


Shanghai, Pudong

Hello my name is Alicia from China. I will be a year 10 student after this summer.
I love animals very much and have a border collie in my home. Blue is my favourite colour, which explains why I’m so obsessed with the sky and ice burgs.
Also, my favourite sport is skating so I like ice very much and polar bears too.
I’m looking forward to this marvellous expedition and it will certainly be a memorable experience with this team.
See you soon!

Terry Wang_ML

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

My name is Terry and I live in Surrey, British Columbia. I came to Canada two years ago and I love Canada, her people and her scenery. I love science and engineering and am always trying to solve real-life problems using innovative ideas. At my school, I am one of the founders of Innovation Club, which holds science competitions and conferences at school regularly and makes innovative devices to make the school a better learning environment.
I am from China, which is one of the most industrialized but polluted countries in the world. By participating in this expedition, I want to investigate global warming issues, learn more about the climate and geography of the Arctic, raise awareness among my friends and peers, and most importantly, try to find creative ideas to protect the environment.

Sally Wen_ML

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

My name is Sally Wen, I’m 18 years old currently studying at Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. I was born in China and for the past 18 years I lived in both China and Canada, switching back and forth. I’m a really outgoing and enthusiastic person, I have participated in many in-school and out-of-school activities, for example, Student Council, Eco Council, Volunteer Club, Community Centre Tutor, ect. I’m really interested in the environment and concerned about the effects of human activities on the environment and about what it will do to our future generation. In fact it is my goal to study environmental engineering as my post-secondary program. I’m really excited about this adventure to the Arctic. I think this will be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the environment and meet  others who are also as passionate about the environment as I am.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-57_Sophia WinklerSOPHIA WINKLER
Carrboro, North Carolina, USA

Sophia Winkler is a student about to start her gap year as an au pair in Izmir, Turkey. She loves learning about other cultures, languages, and science. Sophia spent the past year as an exchange student in Rabat, Morocco. Originally from the United States, Sophia loves being outdoors, be it running at the beach, hiking mountains, or trekking across glaciers. Her interest in the Arctic began when she traveled to Washington State to learn about glaciology and ecology on the Easton Glacier with the Girls on Ice Program. She is looking forward to learning about Canadian and Greenlandic cultures with Students on Ice while studying the unique environment that is the Arctic.

New York, New York, USA

I’m from New York City, and I’m a rising junior. I play travel lacrosse, as well as lacrosse for my school’s team. I also love to play guitar. I’m also a member of the public forum debate team at my high school. I wanted to find a program this summer that would take me outside m
y comfort zone. When I learned about Students on Ice after searching for programs online, I knew that this was the program I was looking for. I am passionate about science, and I’m so excited for the expedition this summer.


20150729_ML_LSP5573ALICE XU
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Alice Xu is an enthusiastic grade 11 student who has a drive to make a change in the world. She is passionate about sustainability and has taken on multiple initiatives to enhance her engagement and community participation. Through Students On Ice, she hopes to achieve a balance between her love for water and her interest in the Arctic. As an activist in her community, she has been able to bring youth together on multiple occasions to talk about issues like gender inequality, social injustice, and climate change. She was given the amazing opportunity to travel to the Arctic through the sponsorship of the Leacross Foundation, and she could not be more thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. She can’t wait for the summer, when she can bring an extraordinary story home and share how Students on Ice has
impacted her life!


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-50_AndrewANDREW XU
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Hi my name is Andrew Xu. I’m a grade 11 student currently attending Centennial CVI in Guelph. I am extremely honoured to be a part of this year’s expedition team to the Arctic. In my personal life, I enjoy a variety of activities and sports. I am involved in numerous clubs and teams such as DECA, track and field as well as cadets. My interests mainly revolve around technology and completing DIY projects and I currently lead a team of innovative young minds towards creating an impactful product for the environment. I always enjoy challenges and am keen to try new things. I greatly enjoy traveling and I believe this expedition will be a wonderful experience! I look forward to an excellent time on the 2015 Arctic Expedition!

SOI 2015_LNarraway_08_07_Croaker Bay-418_Madeline

Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec, Canada

Madeline is a young Inuk from Kangiqsujuaq, a remote village on Ungava Bay in Nunavik (Northern Quebec). She is very interested in Greenlandic culture and would like to learn more about it since it is similar to her own. Madeline enjoys camping with her family during the weekends and summer holidays. Her father is a hunter and tourism guide who teaches her about traditional knowledge, survival skills climate change and its effects on the fragile Arctic environment. She enjoys sports, especially hockey. She sews traditional handmade clothing such as parkas, kamiks, and mitts. Madeline is looking forward to exploring the high Arctic with its beautiful landscapes and majestic scenery.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-65_JesseJESSE ZARGER
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Hello everyone, my name is Jesse Zarger. I’m 17 years old and I’m thrilled to be a part of the 2015 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition.
I enjoy reading, art and music – particularly piano. I’m always open to new challenges, participating in exciting new endeavours, engaging in meaningful conversation and meeting interesting people.
I believe this expedition will be an experience of a lifetime where I can forge new relationships in a uniquely Canadian environment. I hope this trip will offer insights and learning that I’ll hold dear for years to come.


SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-60_Lindsey ZeikelLINDSEY ZEIKEL
New Jersey, USA

I am 19 years old and have lived in New Jersey my entire life. I have just finished my first year at the University of Delaware. I have made wonderful friends and am excited to see what the next three years at Delaware holds for me. I have three siblings, Katie, Kelsey, and Matthew,  who have supported me throughout my entire life. My older sister Kelsey and I love taking our 5-year-old Labrador retriever out for hikes. I love going on adventures and exploring new areas. This winter I will be spending 4 weeks studying in Brazil.  I enjoy doing anything outside whether it’s just hanging out, swimming, or hiking. I am excited to embark on this Arctic trip and discover new things about my surrounding environment and myself.

SOI 2015_LNarraway_07_30_Itilleq Fjord-59_Amir ZulkifleAMIR ZULKIFLI

My name is Amir and I’m from Malaysia. I think that I’m a cheerful person and easy to make friends with. In my school I am a prefect and also a class monitor. I’m a helpful person and also kind with people. I always help my friends with their studies. I’m just a normal person. I like to have fun, love to study and I am also an inquiring, knowledgeable and caring person. I am very excited to participate in SOI Expedition. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity; we are talking about Arctic! I would never miss this chance to learn more about the world.


Nurul Zulkifle 2 (c) Martin LipmanNURUL ZULKIFLE

I’m Nurul Izzaidah Binti Zulkifle and I’ll be 16 this August. I’m known as Izzaidah but my closest friends called me Yuyu. I am the youngest out of four siblings. I’ve been actively involved in debate and public speaking for almost four years. I found passion in writing and have set my goal to become an author someday.

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