Students attend Cultural Exchange Program.

Students attend Cultural Exchange Program.
Posted on 11/08/2019
Students attend Cultural Exchange Program.

The North Slope Borough-Department of Wildlife Management has partnered with the North Slope Borough School District in selecting six students to attend the Mystic Educational and Cultural Exchange Program held in Mystic, Connecticut, this week in November. 

The students that were selected are: Teri Ferreira, Rupert Long, Torrie Tracey, and Brandon Tukrook of Point Lay; Ebony Oviok of Point Hope; and Valerie Bodfish of Wainwright. Sophie Tracey has agreed to be on one of the chaperones. 

We are also very interested in having Timmothy Ferreira join as a chaperone.  Timmothy works as an Iñupiaq Aide at Kali School.  Timmothy brings experience and dedication, as a chapereone,  with his involvement with student athletes and dancers. He will be vital by using what he learns on this trip about beluga and other animals, and about the cultural exchange with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, in the classroom. Timmothy often works with the NSB-DWM biologist, Robert Suydam, to help collect samples. Knowledge he would gains on this trip would help him to bring students into this sample collection activity in the future. He is an excellent Iñupiaq ambassador for the cultural exchange with the students and other members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. And last, Timmothy makes an excellent role model for students at Point Lay. His participation in this year’s trip to Mystic helps benefit the students during the trip and in the future.

Mystic Aquarium is sponsored by the NSB-DWM.  This is the 8th group of students that they have taken since 2010.

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