Holy Heart student on 'Students on Ice' Arctic expedition

A high school student from St. John's is joining more than a hundred other students from around the world for an adventure in the Arctic.
During an 11-day expedition, the group will take part in exploration, workshops and hands-on research, based from the Ocean Endeavour. (Courtesy Martin Lipman Students on Ice)

A high school student from St. John's has joined more than a hundred other students from around the world for an adventure in the Arctic.

Almost a dozen students from Newfoundland and Labrador are taking part in the once-in-a-lifetime Students on Ice Expedition, a global initiative that highlights the importance of the polar regions and global sustainability. 

Grace King, a high school student at Holy Heart of Mary in St. John's, left Monday to start the 11-day trip.

"It's incredible, there might be no word it," she told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show.

King joined 112 other students in Ottawa before the group left for Greenland to start the educational expedition.

To get accepted for the trip, King raised more than $11,000 and wrote several essays on what the Arctic means to her.

"At first it represented this huge barren region that everyone thinks of when they say 'Arctic,'"' she said. "But after a month or so of writing my essays, it kind of formed more of a real-life tangible thing for me."

King will spend time learning from a variety of people connected to the Arctic in different ways.

"The core focus is education. Once we're in Greenland, we'll be exploring some coastal inlets there, and getting in zodiacs and taking excursions onto the shore," she said.

"There will be workshops onshore and on the boat, given by 80 staff who are Inuit elders, historians, polar experts and explorers."

Ten other students from Newfoundland and Labrador are taking part. 

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