SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A Scarsdale native stands set to join more than 100 students from around the world on a globetrotting expedition to explore the high arctic with a team of polar experts.
Max Markowitz, a student from Scarsdale High School, was awarded a scholarship to join 111 students on an international team of polar experts representing 18 nations on a ship-based expedition to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic that sets sail on Monday.
This year’s “Arctic Expedition” marks the 15th anniversary of the global program. Each year, hundreds of the best and brightest youths from around the world join scientists, educators, Inuit leaders, artists, journalists and other dignitaries on a hands-on learning experience that will help participants “foster a greater understanding and respect for the history, culture, ecological diversity and changes facing the Arctic so they can become inspired youth ambassadors.”
According to Expedition Leader Geoff Green, the trip “each day is filled with exploration, discovery, presentations, workshops, hands-on research, hikes and other adventures.”
The trip begins in Ottawa, where the students and leaders will explore the communities, coasts and fiords of western Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to Canada’s High Arctic. They will explore the eastern entrance of the Northwest Passage, including visits to Pond Inlet, Sirmilik National Park and Beechey Island.”
“By connecting curious and passionate youth with the people, land, challenges and opportunities of the changing Arctic at such a crucial time, we help to foster the knowledge, inspiration and determination in youth that will stay with them for a lifetime,” Green added.
During the expedition, the students will enjoy encounters with Arctic wildlife, attend workshops led by polar explorer Fred Roots, take Zodiac cruises among icebergs, explore the Illulisat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage site and be taught how to build and paddle a traditional kayak by Inuit leaders.
“To witness first-hand, the beauty of the Arctic and better understand its important role in the global ecosystem is something that will forever change the way the students view the world and their place within it,” Green said. “The expedition will be the beginning of a lifelong journey and a very important step in gaining the inspiration, education and motivation needed to become leaders in their communities and around the world.”
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