Booker T. Washington students study environment in Antarctica

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two seniors from Booker T. Washington High School recently returned from the trip of a lifetime, after spending several days in Antarctica as part of a scholarship they won to study the environment.

Shameka Adams and April Geralds visited Pleneau Island with more than 50 other students from around the world, as they studied the effects of global warming along with a team of research scientists.

"We're here to look at the leopard seals and the penguins, and so far this trip been amazing, like, it's a great experience for all of us," Adams said in a video recorded on the island.

The trip was made possible by an organization called Students on Ice Expeditions. Along with lots of help from an organization headed up by former congressman Harold Ford, Jr., the students participated in an intense learning expedition of how climate impacts the area.

"Never would have thought I would ever do something like this before in my life, and I'm very happy that I came on this trip," Geralds said.

Students in the expedition kept journals detailing their experiences, bringing back photos and information about an amazing land few people ever see.

The pair returned home Wednesday, after spending a couple of days stuck in Charlotte due to winter weather.

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