Local Bensonhurst resident, recent Brooklyn Technical High School graduate, and leader within the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), Angela Zeng, was awarded a two-week ship-based expedition to the Arctic where she will participate in Arctic discovery and exploration, scientific research, global warming investigation, environmental protection education, workshops and hikes.
As one of the 120 students throughout the world selected to participate, Zeng was nominated by CPC to travel to Greenland on Saturday, July 21 and is the first Asian-American to receive a full scholarship granted by the Beatrice Snyder Foundation supported by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.
The expedition is part of the global initiative, Students on Ice (SOI), a program which aims to educate youth about the importance of the Polar Region and environmental protection and sustainability.
“It is a privilege to have Angela be selected for this tremendous opportunity. We are glad that she will be able to explore her interests and career opportunities on a global level,” said Edgar Pereira, CPC director of programs. “CPC Youth Services provides youth with the opportunity to explore and make a difference in their community. Angela is a great example of this as she goes on this great adventure and brings back a wealth of knowledge to share with her peers.”
CPC congratulated Zeng with gifts that included apparel and gear for her time in the Arctic and a moleskin notebook to write her experiences in and share them with other members of the CPC Service Learning Program.
CPC is a volunteer-run and community-driven educational program offering high school students meaningful experiences to make local and positive impacts while learning more about their own culture and background.