Girls on Ice Alaska
Acacia lives in a small coastal community in southeast Alaska where she hikes steep mountains, explores rocky beaches, and volunteers at her local youth center. She has a wide variety of interests, from wildlife conservation to learning languages. After participating in some of her school’s cultural clubs, she is determined to explore her home state and the world!
Deborah grew up in Ensenada, Mexico, and currently lives in southern California. She loves camping with her family, enjoys running, and aspires to one day become a marine biologist where she can travel the world doing research. She is thrilled to join the Alaska expedition to strengthen the path toward achieving her dreams.
Emma lives in Los Angeles, California and has a creative spirit that she expresses through art. While enjoying many forms of art, she is particularly enthusiastic about creating her own zines and guerilla art. Emma also enjoys biology, swimming, and yoga.
Jess lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, but spends her summers working on her grandparents’ farm in Washington. She loves working with, sketching, and painting animals and aspires to become a veterinarian. She is excited about getting hands-on experience doing science on a glacier.
Lauren lives in Portland, Oregon where she has been a competitive rock climber since age 11. Lauren is always up for a challenge, so when not rock climbing, she participates in a local youth mountaineering organization.
Lily lives in Eugene, Oregon and dreams of becoming a scientist. Lily has recently taken up roller skating, following her grandmother’s love of the sport. When not outside, Lily can be found reading science fiction and historical fiction books.
Mercedez grew up surrounded by many artists and cultures. She strives to always expand her skills and passions, including painting. Mercedez loves to explore outside and is eager to meet new friends!
Tala is from a small town on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska where she enjoys being outside, exploring, and thinking about science. She takes care of her chickens and helps her family with their charter business. Tala writes stories and recently started a literature club at her school so that she and her peers feel more comfortable sharing their work outside the classroom!
Trinity lives in southern California with her parents, brothers, and dog. She enjoys science classes and takes pride in her lab notebook, which she uses to practice her science communication skills through drawings and clear scientific descriptions. She is excited to get more hands-on experience in science and explore the Arctic as a member of the Alaska expedition.
Aurora Roth (Instructor)
Brita Irving (Instructor)
Emilie Sinkler (Instructor)
Mia Tucholke (Mountain Guide)
Jessica Mejia (Onsite Coordinator)
Girls on Ice Canada
Alyana Lalani, of Burnaby, British Columbia, is very interested in furthering her knowledge and understanding of science in a field setting. She is committed to environmental stewardship and currently participates as a member of Scouts Canada. Alyana is on advisory councils for numerous youth programs, including YWCA Metro Vancouver and the City of Burnaby’s Youth Voice Committee. Gender equality and youth media literacy are two topics about which Alyana is particularly passionate.
Chloë Urbanowski is from the northern British Columbia town of Terrace, where she is happiest outside or playing sports - whether it is snowboarding, hiking, or doing yoga. She is a caring young woman who enjoys poetry, music, theater, and writing. Chloë also dreams of adventure, from participating in a mountaineering expedition to traveling the world! She dreams of being an airplane pilot, or perhaps a creator of a health food blog. She is excited about spending time in the mountains with a team of other girls.
Haylee Yellowbird, of the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta, resides in a rural First Nations community in central Alberta called Paul First Nation. Haylee is a strong, active, and artistic girl who enjoys sports, beading, poetry, and volunteering. She loves to learn about her culture and also enjoys travelling where she has the opportunity to learn about other cultures. Haylee excels in math and science in school and she hopes to inspire indigenous youth by participating in this program. She aspires to go to university to be a teacher.
Jordanna Young is from Calgary, Alberta. Even though she grew up in the city, Jordanna feels most at home outside and loves exploring - even in her own backyard. Jordanna cares deeply about the environment and has helped her family reduce their impact through eating less meat. She hopes to pursue a medical career as a doctor or nurse and to positively impact other aboriginal youth. Jordanna is looking forward to growing through the challenges of this expedition and connecting with other girls who have similar interests to hers.
Kaya Oro Martin is a motivated girl from Victoria, British Columbia who has a strong passion for science. She is curious about field science, and may pursue a career that involves field research. Kaya enjoys sports and outdoor activities as well as all art, which she sees as both a form of communication and a personal sanctuary. She admits that her ‘weakness’ is being too apprehensive to take risks - and applying for this program was one of the ways she is actively working on it!
Leilu Munro is a dancer from Edmonton, AB. Through dance she has learned to express herself in different ways and view things, including problem solving, through the lens of an artist. She loves animals, snowboarding, and hiking near her home. She likes to find quiet moments to think in the woods. Leilu is excited to build her confidence on this expedition and help to bring the team together through positivity and making people smile.
Olivia Smith is from Barrie, Ontario. Olivia is a very inquisitive young woman who is passionate about the sciences and academics in general. She is very active in her school, and is a member of her school swim team. She enjoys spending time writing, and she teaches swimming and lifeguards as a job. Olivia wants to become a doctor or pursue another career in health care.
Rosemarie Smith lives on a homestead in south-central British Columbia near Kaslo. She is an athletic girl who enjoys skiing, walking, and team sports of all kinds. She is very excited to get the chance to work with professional scientists and to be on a team of diverse girls from around the country. Rosemarie was home-schooled until grade 9, speaks fluent German (thanks to her mom!) and is highly motivated to continue her learning in new environments. Rosemarie currently volunteers at a hospital and with the local Search and Rescue team, and aspires to be a doctor.
Yumna Sakkar is a curious and highly-driven Syrian girl currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has also lived in Aleppo and Saudi Arabia. Yumna is very excited about science and adventure, and she wants to volunteer to teach earth sciences around the world. She strives to build her confidence, and in spite of seeing herself as “shy” she aims to push her social barriers. Yumna has a real sense of the world, of helping people in need, and the value of respecting other ways of living.
Ellie Bash (Instructor)
Jocelyn Hirose (Instructor)
Cecelia Mortenson (Mountain Guide)
Alison Criscitiello (Onsite Coordinator)
Girls on Ice Cascades
Alessandra Garcia is an athletic, hard-working Latina girl from San Diego who is very interested in biology and the ethics of science. She is passionate about drawing and art in general. She is curious about how to use art and science together. Alessandra is committed to pursuing activities and endeavors that will help herself to become a better person!
Cecilia attends a boarding school in New Hampshire, where she balances her time between her academic interests in geology, evolution and biology, and training to become a Division 1 college sprinter. She is an open minded and reliable friend that finds fulfillment in helping others. Cecilia is a hard working young woman with many passions, spanning from creative writing, track running, and political and environmental science.
Dayanira Monge lives in Los Angeles, CA where she focuses on science and medicine in school. Dayanira is a runner who loves to play soccer and wants to study nursing. In her free time, she can be found shadowing doctors at one of UCLA's medical departments.
Dylan McAfee is motivated for the program to learn more about how to do science in the wilderness. She is also excited to learn more about STEAM - or the role that Arts can play in the traditional STEM model of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She is an African American girl from Washington D.C. whose passions are richly varied: from ceramics to competitive swimming to astrophysics to learning a new hip-hop dance move! She hopes to go to college to study material science and engineering and develop products like eco-friendly planes or more affordable sports clothing.
Heaven Delaney is a very active teenager from Virginia. She has a mixed ethnicity with Japanese, African American and Caucasian heritage. She is very involved with JROTC and plans to enlist in the military - and perhaps Naval college - once she has graduated from high school. Heaven is quite interested in being involved with an all-female program. She is curious about STEM, marine biology, a future with UNICEF or the Peace Corps, and perhaps will pursue being an intelligence analyst!
Lara Fain, a Vietnamese American girl, has a strong connection with the ocean, and enjoys intense kayak adventures in summer with YMCA Leadership Program and during the school year as part of the Young Women Empowered's Nature Connections program. These programs helped to cultivate her own passion for being outdoors and give her the confidence to connect with others so she can better advocate for urgent climate action. Lara is learning to be politically active and link her passions with asking for changes in state and federal policies to ensure a livable planet for ours and future generations. Lara is also an artist and musician who is hoping to pursue college degree in either ornithology or art.
Mallory Ritchie is a Iil’wat First Nations girl from a small town called Mt. Currie - named after the majestic peak that lies just north of Whistler, BC. She will be the first in her family to go to college. She is an athletic teenager who is highly interested in marine biology and is hoping to connect her passion for the ocean with her future. Mallory is also artistic and is excited about the opportunities to study art and science in a wilderness setting. She is especially keen to do the Cascades Girls on Ice program - and explore the mountains just south of the border.
Mia Lazar is a self-described “artistic science enthusiast” from the Virginia who is passionate about film-making and being outdoors. She’s created a few documentaries so far - and is already winning awards for them! She is very community focused and hopes to build her confidence and leadership so that she can further help people and the environment. Mia is still unsure of her future career path, but imagines that it will be a creative and dynamic one that connects people and their lands through her art, science and film-making.
Yen-Linh Vu lives close to Seattle, WA and loves working with her hands, by either making artistic creations with paper or volunteering at her local wetlands. She wants to pursue a career in science and has a passion for the environment. Linh dreams about traveling to Antarctica and through Girls On Ice, she wants to gain confidence to lead her generation towards the use of green energy.
Erin Pettit (Director, Instructor)
Alexandra Ravelo (Instructor)
Cecelia Mortenson (Mountain Guide)
Heather Bervid (Onsite Coordinator)
Girls on Rock Colorado
Aiyana comes from Bloomfield, New Mexico. Through her involvement in local 4-H and FFA programs, she has a wealth of experience caring for animals. She especially loves horses and goes for trail rides around her hometown as a way to connect with the beauty of the desert. Aiyana has been dancing seriously for several years and loves the freedom of self-expression which comes with it. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and a registered Girl Scout. Aiyana aspires to pursue a career helping others through physical therapy.
Chloe lives in Fredericksburg, TX, where she stays active by running, playing sports, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Though growing up in a small town has so far presented limited opportunities to explore the world, Chloe is constantly pushing her self and recently traveled from sea level to 12,000 feet to complete a 17-mile hike in the Rocky Mountains. She shares a love of art with her family and hopes to attend Colorado State University to study wildlife biology or range ecology.
Guadalupe (Lupita) hails from Denver, CO. She strongly believes that art and music have the power to inspire and unite people, and she strives to maintain a supportive setting in which all voices can be heard. Sporting a fearless attitude about new experiences, Lupita hopes to join the Peace Corps and work towards a career in medicine while remaining dedicated to taking care of the people she loves.
Jessi is from Davison, North Carolina. Having been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she once spent an entire year in a wheelchair. She now coaches and competes in track and field. Jessica loves dance, photography, and gardening, and she sometimes expresses her love through baking. She takes great care of the people in her life and aspires to one day service in the Applied Sciences division of the U.S. Air Force.
Miauaxochitl (Mia) lives in Aztec, NM, a high desert town through which the Animas River flows. Last year, her team won the Lexus Eco-Challenge with their research on the Gold King mine spill in the river. Mia has seen the Mendenhall Glacier up close in Alaska and can make art out of nearly anything around her. She loves to read and learn new things and is not afraid to shatter preconceived notions.
Molly lives in the Rocky Mountain town of New Castle, CO, surrounded by animals. Having spent her life in an alpine environment, she excels at running and swimming at high elevations. Molly loves music and horses and has practiced the art of clogging for years. She hopes to pursue a career in kinesiology or physical therapy, where she can combine her interests in science, physical activity, and art.
Originally from the rustic, mountainous Chiapas near the Guatemalan border of Mexico, Naima now studies in a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Naima comes from a family of independent thinkers and is no stranger to the arts; she is proficient in film photography, studio arts, ceramics, and dance. After graduation, she hopes to continue dancing, studying environmental science, and being immersed in new experiences.
Taliyah hails from Silver Spring, MD, not far from our nation’s capital. Her diverse interests include, but are not limited to, rock climbing, coding, theater, paddling, and squash. She speaks fluent Spanish and her favorite animal is the Giant Panda. Taliyah is passionate about environmental issues and hopes to study earth sciences after graduation.
Yareli lives in the city of San Diego, CA, though she possess deeper familial roots in the beautiful, rugged terrain of Oaxaca, Mexico. She is known to be warm and caring, and a leader in her community. Deriving peace from both urban settings and wild places, Yareli is a talented painter, baker, and basketball player. She aspires to pursue a career in which she can continue helping others.
Chris Carr (Instructor)
Megan Blanchard (Instructor)
Evelyn Cheng (Instructor)
Lyra Pierotti (Mountain Guide)
Mylène Jacquemart (Onsite Coordinator)
Girls on Ice Switzerland
Annina wohnt in Ins im Kanton Bern und geht ins Gymnasium. Seit kurzem hat sie angefangen die Bergwelt per Skitour zu entdecken. Sie interessiert sich aber auch sehr für Lebewesen, welche tief unten im Meer leben und möchte später Biologie studieren. Ausserdem schreibt Annina gerne Geschichten und spielt Unihockey.
Fien wohnt in Kölliken im Kanton Aargau und geht in die Bezirksschule. Sie macht eine Ausbildung zur Rettungsschwimmerin und geht gerne Skifahren. Seit Jahren möchte sie eine Gletscherwanderung machen und einen Gletscher aus der Nähe sehen. Der Gletscherrückgang und der Treibhauseffekt sind Themen, welche sie sehr interessieren. Fien hat eine kreative Ader, welche beim Geige Spielen und Schreiben zum Ausdruck kommt. Momentan schreibt sie eine Fantasy-Geschichte.
Hannah kommt ursprünglich aus Deutschland und lebt momentan in einem internationalen Internat in Grossbritannien. Sie möchte wissen, wie die Welt funktioniert, deshalb interessiert sie sich sehr für Naturwissenschaften. Vor allen Dingen aber möchte Hannah die Grenzen zwischen den Naturwissenschaften und der Kreativität erkunden, um die Welt nachhaltiger zu machen. Sie meditiert und hat viele Interessen, zum Beispiel Themen wie psychische Gesundheit, Politik, Paddelsport, und Fotografie. Sie probiert gern neues aus und liest viel.
Helena kommt aus Benken im Kanton St. Gallen und besucht die Kantonsschule. Als aktive Skirennfahrerin ist sie im Winter viel in den Bergen unterwegs. Neben dem Sport ist Helen sehr musikalisch, singt im Chor und spielt zwei Instrumente. Musik ist für sie daher ein wichtiges Mittel zur Kommunikation. Helena ist eine zielstrebige Person mit viel Durchhaltevermögen, möchte studieren und freut sich auf vielseitige Erfahrungen mit gleichaltrigen jungen Frauen.
Lara wohnt in Hünibach im Kanton Bern und ist leidenschaftliche Handball Spielerin. Neben der Schule sammelt sie erste Arbeitserfahrungen in einem kleinen Restaurant. Lara interessiert sich sehr für viele Menschen in anderen Ländern wichtig sind. Dank ihrer aufgestellten Art ist sie gerne im Team unterwegs und motiviert sie gerne andere. Lara ist gespannt auf die Erfahrung in den Bergen, mehr über Gletscher zu lernen und neue Leute kennen zu lernen.
Lisa wohnt in Münsigen im Kanton Bern. Im Winter fährt sie viel und gerne Snowboard, aber auch das Unihockey und die Pfadi kommen nicht zu kurz bei ihr. Im Sommer startet sie die Ausbildung als Fachfrau Gesundheit. Lisa hat Lust neues auszuprobieren, ist sehr wissensbegierig und möchte die grossen Zusammenhänge verstehen. Sie verbringt sehr gerne Zeit mit der Familie, mit Freunden oder auch ihren “Hüetikindern”.
Michelle wohnt im ländlichen Reitnau im Kanton Aargau. Sie fährt im Winter gerne Ski und geht im Sommer oft in die Badi um zu Schwimmen. Michelle ist gerne mit Menschen zusammen, egal ob mit Freunden oder ihrer Familie. Nach der Schule möchte sie studieren, denn sie interessiert sich sehr für die Erderwärmung und ihre Folgen. Michelle freut sich durch Girls on Ice auf die sportliche Herausforderung, eine andere Welt zu entdecken und hofft neue Freundschaften zu schliessen.
Nele wohnt in Winterthur im Kanton Zürich. Sie wollte schon als Kind immer draussen sein und möchte die Natur und ihre Mechanismen verstehen. Sie ist als Leiterin aktiv im Turnverein und im Blauring, wo sie bei einem Herbstlager im Dauerregen gezeigt hat, dass sie immer motiviert bleibt. Nele spielt auch Klavier und Klarinette und freut sich diesen Sommer mehr über Gletscher zu erfahren.
Rebecca wohnt in einem multikulturelle Quartier in Winterthur, Kanton Zürich. Sie klettert viel in der Halle und wäregerne mehr auf Bergtouren mit dem SAC unterwegs. Sie ist voller Ideen, Neugierde unde Abenteuerlust und will die Natur besser verstehen, um sie so auch besser schützen zu können. Sie möchte beruflich ihren Kopf brauchen können, ein wenig die Welt verbessern, aber auch der Bergsport soll nicht zu kurz kommen in ihrer Zukunft.
Marlene Kronenberg (Leiterin)
Lena Hellmann (Leiterin)
Carla Jaggi (Bergführerin)
Kathrin Naegeli (Programmkoordinatorin)